John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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01200[embossed letterhead]803 Wabash Avenue Kansas City, Mo Oct 6th 1885Dear Louie;You will know ere this that the end has come & father is at rest.He passed away in a full summer day evenings peace & with that peace beautifully expressed & remaining on his countenance as he lies now pure & clean like snow on the on the bed that has borne him so long.Last evening David & I made everybody go to bed & arranged with each other to keep watch through the night promising the girls to give warning in time should the end draw near while they slept.012002David retired in an adjoining room at 10 o'clock, while I watched alone he to be called to take my place at 2 or 3 in the morning should no marked change take place before that timeAbout 11o clock his breathing became calm & slow & his arms which had been moved in a restless way at times at length were folded on his breast. About 12 o'clock his breathing was still calmer & slower & his brow & lips were slightly cold & his eyes grew dim - At 12.15 I called David & we decided to call up the girls Mary Anna & Joanna but they were so worn out with watching that we delayed a few minutes longer & it was not until


...Kansas City, Mo.

Date Original

1885 Oct 6


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm.

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Reel 05, Image 0487

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