Sarah [Muir Galloway]


John Muir


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[2]twenty five years. I can hardly realize it myself but so it is. You say that we seem to think that everyday matters, can be a little interest, and so pass them by, when I begin to think about it. I do not wonder that it appears so to you, and yet I know that it is the little things happening to you, every day that interest me so much. It is true I miss Maggie much, but we must get accustomed to the change, there has been many changes going on among us in the last few years, and we are getting more widely scattered all the time, but there is a Home where I trust we will all be gathered where there will be, no parting. Maggie’s health has not improved yet, but I trust she will be much better when the pleasant spring weather comes back, the winter has been so uncommonly severe, she has not been able to ride out, but very little, which has been against her. How has the winter been with you, we have never experienced such a one here, and yet in other places they have suffered infinentely more than we have, it is April and the snow is very thick on the ground yet, even if it thaws fast[3]it must be very late before farmers can yet began to put their crops in, but we are promised seed time and harvest, so we need not worry. You ask if I have seen your Alaska letters, You sent four of them to Mother, three of them have come out in the Portage Register, those I have seen and they are very interesting indeed, every thing from your pen is watched for with much interest. I had a letter from Isabella Sanderson last week a nice long one, and I always enjoy hers, so much. she also sent me an envelope full of pictures one Cabinet size, a group of two boys, and two girls, Amelia, Philip, Gracie and Edward, also two Album pictures, one of James and and another very nice one of Gracie, her whole family, they are fine looking children every one of them, James must be twenty four year’s old now is an engineer, also a graduate of Ann Arbor, he is getting along well, and is becoming well known among Engineer’s in the country, he is just now engaged as inspector of iron for bridges, on the Chicago and Alton R.R.


Port Hope

Date Original

1880 Apr 3


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0103

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Page 2


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