John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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[6]years. And I have directed David to give Little John $100. out of the interest money as soon as it acrues & invest it for him until he is of age leaving us of course a clear 3 1/2 % on the $800.As I had forgotten all about that old debt & expected nothing I feel that I have been quite generous & at a very moderate expense, while actually getting rich in the middle of the generosity. David has been 20 yrs in business & is well known & is doing fairly well Do not think he will ever leave Portage or change his business materially though yet young. He is older looking & grayer than Mr. C[illegible] by years of close[7]application Katies long sickness & dyspepsia. The Dyspepsia he has at length overcome & probably will be growing younger for the next ten years or so. I have actually commenced to get fat_ have gained 3 1/2 lbs since I arrived here. & am now fleshladen to the extent of 138 1/2 lbs. & feel much better since my last exploit in the Yellowstone park [ illegible]gallop through the mud & rain & fire on a thrice- empty stomach liken Tam O'Shanter without the hot ale but with more than the full compliment of witches from kind & another. Mother received your letter a few days ago & prizes it very011950119510 [in margin: Ever truly yours John Muir]go quick. I sent [illegible due to rusty paperclip marks] a letter some time ago.The weather here has been very like Cal winter. Wet & dry with occasional frost - cool & pleasant with slight hints of rheumatism. I found the plants from Florida & the South in good condition & have had a grand overhaul [my?] of them & repacking for Cal. Also the wooden clock & some other old traps of queer construction some of wh I will bring out with me. with old drawings & letters etc. Love to all hope Grandma is still regaining health & strength & that the Dr is not working too hard over my [illegible]a your health - you know well what I would say


Portage City, [Wisc]

Date Original

1885 Sep 19


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 05, Image 0453

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Page 4


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