Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]
Portage, Wisconsin,Box 356, Feb, 21, 1882.Dear John,I gladly received your letter of January 2d telling us of your welfare, also of your family and home. From what you write I think you are preparing to stay more at home than you have done heretofore, and I am glad of it. I trust your little girl will be spared to be ever a joy and happiness to you all.Your father came home about Christmas and stayed until Joanna and Walter [Brown] came, to make us a visit on their way South, and when they left he accompanied them. His health is quite good, although[he is] still quite lame. Letters from Joanna tell us of their safe arrival there and all well. Their house is ready for them, but their furniture had not yet arrived. I think I must give you a little information concerning Mr. Brown's business. He is one of a company of wealthy men that have bought largely of pine lands, and have erected a sawmill, a store, and boarding house, and employ over 20 men. There is no settlement very near them. They have applied for a postoffice, and expect one soon. I hope they will succeed in their new undertaking as well as they expect.We have had a visit from Willis Hand. He had business at Madison and Milwaukee, and could not stay long in Portage. Mary [Hand] and the boy are very well.The teacher in the school in Sarah's district took sick, and Annie has gone to finish up her term. This leaves me quite alone for a few weeks, but I have very near neighbors and a very comfortable house, and am not lonesome either by day or night. I have a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.We had an article of yours printed in the Register, paper of Portage, last week. It was written at "Plover Bay, Siberia" about the coal mines and about the Point Barrow Station. It was very interesting and many of our friends are much gratified, Joanna among the rest, as they take that paper.I sent you a Christmas card, but I rather think it has not reached you.Mr. Parry is again a member of the Legislature at Madison.He gets home Friday nights and goes off again Monday mornings. This keeps David in the store very closely, but he is very well at present.Our friends are well as usual.Hoping to hear from you soon, and with much love to you and your wife and daughter; hoping God's blessing will ever rest upon you all,Lovingly,Mother525
1882 Feb 21
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