[John Muir]


Mary [Muir Hand]


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[in margin: Call your little girl Mary or Margaret] [4]Annie is now quite as well as any of us - no cough, no pale sickly looks but much appetite & brisk ambition the only thing lacking is work. She has nothing to do & that is enough to make anybody unhappy I have been trying to make a student out of her. a botantist or anthropologist or something of the sort but she does not seem to take very heartily to such work & calls me a hard master teacher. Probably she contemplates marriage with some minister or other anything in the way of everyday work would be good for her. Thanking you for the pictures Mary & wishing you all Happy New Year I am ever your loving brother[1]Martinez December 5th 1886Dear Highland MaryThe box came safely & we are all greatly indebted to you for the brave effort you have made to give a picture of father. But the sad truth remains that we have no real likeness of him I cannot see in your careful effort any characteristic expression of his countenance but it seems a real use nevertheless, & we can but do our best to recall his features when he was in his prime - his face lighted with- enthusiasm for what he saw as Gods eternal truth & love The lilies are very beautiful & well painted but not to my taste well grouped The crowded83


Martinez [Calif.]

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1886 Dec 5


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Reel 05, Image 0724

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