D[avid ] G[ilrye] Muir


John Muir [et. al. ]


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[1]Portage Wis Dec [7?] / 82Maggie Sarah Louie & John yr before beautyDear sisters & brother I have long intended to write to you but a convenient time never seems to come, Katie says I must write today or never so that explains my position, I have to write eight or ten letters nearly every day & it seems as though I could not find time for my ‘foreign correspondence’! We are very busy in the store at present, lots of business, folks are all well, as usual as far as I know Katie is about as usual - children all quite well. I am better than I’ve been for years, weight 150 lbs. Week before last I thought you were well off in escaping the cold weather, 18 to 24 below zero, had to get up in the night & stir up the fires in two stoves & pile in the fuel to keep every thing in the house from freezing, and we have had hard winter weather ever since. We have a good deal of snow six or eight inches but not good sleighing. We were glad to receive letters from you Maggie & Sarah and the thought of your climbing mountains & gathering flowers [illegible] [illegible] or trees also blossoms made us think less of home & sigh for ability & means to fly south with the birds at the appoach of Jack Frost


Portage, Wisc.

Date Original

1882 Dec 17


Original letter dimensions: 62.5 x 20 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0954

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