John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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[4]of but who declared they knew me passing well etc. Willis "Ham?] is expected here tonight. He left Kansas City wiating for me. I have not been at their home on the roads & must not take the time now. Davids eldest daughter Carrie is away a hundred miles or more northward teaching music. Anna who has just graduated from the high school is keeping house for David & the two boys. & she does it well. No hired girl ever in the house. All the children are remarkably quiet but shrewd & sharp with their eyes. The [illegible] is little John 13 yrs old today so preternaturally solemn I have to laugh every time I see him. He has been busy for some time Wheeling away my old school books, which I gave him.[1]Portage City - Sep 19th. 1885.Dear Louie. I meant to have commenced the return journey last Saturday but Anna made up her mind to go with me to California & I had to wait for her. Now she is ready & we will set out next Monday She looks about half well & eats well & coughs very little & is in hopeful spirits & I turst she may be able to stand the journey. By stead straining efforts I have at [illegible] compelled David to promise to accompany us as far as Kansas City & Nebraska to visit father & her brother & sisters there. he is so set in his business here that he fancies he cannot spare or spend a cent or minute.


Portage City, [Wisc]

Date Original

1885 Sep 19


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 05, Image 0447

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