D[avid ] G[ilrye] Muir


John Muir [et. al. ]


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[2]but seeing we cant, perhaps it would be better for us not to know of any better climate (when ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise’). John do you remember our bedroom at Hickory Hill? on the north side – never [smelt?] fire nor sun – window none too light three in a bed, Dan in the middle. the quilts all frozen about our faces in the morning & how awful cold it was to get up in the morning & dress & go down to the kitchen bare footed oo-oo-oo. it makes me shiver to think of it. and going to Portage with load of corn – running behind the wagon to keep warm & having to eat frozen bread for our lunch, I dont want & have not had any of that kind of diet since. perhaps recalling some of those cold memories may make us more thankful for present comforts. it does me. Sarah I have seen David quite a number of times since you left, he looks well & I believe he is glad you are having such a grand change so dont hurry back on his [a/c.?] Maggie I have heard from [illegible] twice lately but all on business, - did not say whether he was lonesome or not. Christmas is almost here again & we go to mothers as of you, perhaps this will be the smallest Christmas gathering we have ever had. it seems to grow smaller & mother seems to feel it keenly & still she never complains much. She is very well this winter so far, has very comfortable quarters & has not very much to do. She reads a good deal & is always glad to see any of her own folks.[3]Parry was elected to the State Senate last fall so I will be kept close at home all winter. his health is poor,


Portage, Wisc.

Date Original

1882 Dec 17


Original letter dimensions: 62.5 x 20 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0956

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