Joanna [Muir Brown]
(2)But John I cannot like these Arctic expeditions, It almost makes my hair stand up to think of them. It would all be very fine if they were past and you had acquired the in-formation you desire but it is the awful [going?] that troubles us. I think the world ought to do without the knowledge of these polar regions, for any part I would be glad never to have known that such cold places exist, I don't like cold.You ask about Annie. Dan did not think it well for her to subject herself to any further change or ex-citement for some time and advised her to remain where she was, so I have not seen her yet but last news of her (3)was very encouraging, she says there is ["no" inserted later] doubt but that she is decidedly better.Father is indeed contented and happy at last, he seem to be enjoying an abiding peace with God, he has no other thought or theme and [illegible] and more considerate than I ever knew him, he spends almost all of his time in bed now and complains of great weakness in his back, otherwise I think he is perfectly well.I recd a letter from [illegible] today who says that [illegible] is [illegible] too, but fears she is lonely thought she does not admit it, [illegible] I wish she could come and stay with me too.
Kansas City, Mo.
1884 Jan 26
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.
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