George M. Dawson


John Muir


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[4][in margin: It is not long since David & I were talking about you & he was greatly interested to hear all I had to tell him of your welfare & of our pleasant sojourn with you in Cal]reaches within the veil?You ask about Walter. well he is much about as you saw him. In some points better but scarcely so strong. His local trouble is better controlled than then I want say cured, for that can neverbe.Hee does a little light office work, but of course is unfitted for anything very active_and with good care may hold out quite a while_My parents were terribly affected over our misfortune, & poor Mother took to her bed & for a week or two, it seemed as though she would never be up again. She is gaining again however, but both are quite feeble_ Of course my own family were badly frightened fro in spite of my efforts to prevent anything of the kind, news by the daily papers came that we were both fatally hurt. My telegrams soon relieved them regarding myself_Is it not about time you were coming East? When you start we want to know your movements and watch that we may all be at home, when you reach DetroitGive kind regards to Mrs. Muir and to your Sister, Annie, if she is still with you & believe me with best wishes Yours Sincerely John S. GrayP.S. I saw the [Frost?] brothers last fall, when their youngest brother Alex was dying in this city. [illegible] had received your letter but why he had not written I do not know my recollection is that he said he intended to soon.[1][letterhead]Detroit April 28th 1888Mr. John Muir My Dear FriendTwo weeks have past since receipt of your very kind letter fo the 8th [illegible]_Your words of sympathy were gratefully read, and we all wish to thank you for your kind expressions. In our way that is from our point of [illegible] [David's?] departure, is sad indeed_ but for him it was not so_ To look forward there was a constant threatening of the "dreaded fiend-paralysis__ his own words_ a lingering life, in death, of imbecility, and perhaps weakness, of the mental facilities. These he was happily delivered from. Even the pain of parting from all he loved in this life was spared him. that night in the sleeper he was weak and tired


. . . Ottawa, [Canada]

Date Original

1888 Apr 25


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20.5 cm.

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