John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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[8]highly as the first from you. I think you might give poor Warah & Maggie the same pleasure now that you have comm[illegible]. The[y?] poor women will carry a burden of ill health all the way to the end - in addition to the normal burdens of mothers which are heavy at best_I have wanted to write a few Yellowstone letters & conse[illegible] been goading me unmercifully as idle these weeks. & fit what [illegible] writing & drawing nice album pages for Heaven knows how many of these sentimental nieces & home letters & all this introduction to nearly every man women & child in Portage 7,000 or so. Leaders all in the adjucent country & the speaches lectures [illegible] on Alaska California resources[embossed letterhead] 5& of course I had to give him a teen present. I found that the firm of Parry & Muir still owed me $800. & interest for ten years making altogether about $1600. As he showed me a note bearing interest at 10 per cent. then drew me $560,00 interest & gave back half of it to David as I did not wish to charge him anything for the use of the money, but Parry only. Therefore I have received $280,00 which will be enough to bring Anna & I home. &I have not been compelled to draw on Upham at all. The $800 is still left with the firm & is safe enough I[embossed letterhead] [9]etc & all the long talks to mother & the girls & the store keeper I have not yet written the first page of manuscript but I shall lock the door tomorrow & write something about neat painters operating old fountain head [illegible] rivers rights or [illegible] bright or dull. Just for peace of mind if nothing more I have the very prettiest baby picture for Wanda that I ever saw. I am afraid to trust it to the mails or I would enclose it in this letter Jeannie Neil a second of third cousin of mine or something of that kind in Scotland. Tell Wanda papa wants to come home very fast to see her & I hope the cars will


Portage City, [Wisc]

Date Original

1885 Sep 19


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0451

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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Page 3


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