Joanna [Muir]


Emma [Muir]


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[4]and ships it. If you do send up here for some mother thinks you would like Mrs Mitchel’s better than Mrs [Arnot’s?] as the latter makes it [underlined: very] salt (I am getting into such a habit of scrawling I am afraid I shall never be able to write decently again!) We, that is your, Portage relatives are all enjoying pretty good health, Maggie is in the country at present visiting John’s folks. I guess my eyes are a little better and tell the Doctor I am becoming daily more and more grateful for his little bottles of medicine & I think it is going to hold out well. Mother sends her love. Lovingly Yours, Joanna [1] Portage City Wis. May 16th 1874.Dear Emma, You may perhaps have expected an acknowledgement of your naughty little note ere this, but the fact is I have only just recovered from a serious fit of indignation. Did such a cloud of obstacles loom up before you that you felt incapable of overcoming them, or did you [deleted: or did you] have an unfavorable vision concerning the affair? You did not give any cause for your conclusion. I, or rather [underlined: we][in margin: If it is convenient for you I think I will now avail myself of your [reding etc.?] pattern which you offered me. The one from which you cut your black dress. [illegible] not trouble to cut it off and I will take good care of it and send it back. I want to have a dress fixed over [illegible] J.]


Portage City, Wisc.

Date Original

1874 May 16


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