Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]
Farm, Jan. 12th, '71.Dear John:Your last letter to me gave me much pleasure.I have often read it, and felt assured that you were spending your days happily in that beautiful valley.I enjoy your descriptions of it very much. Another Christmas day has come and gone, and you were as much missed as when first you left home, and still you are found in Cal. Joanna was absent from our yearly meeting for the first time, she had gone to Portage and did not get home until two days after. Sarah with her husband and children were with us, and then we had John Reid and the two girls. A few days later we had Margaret and her little boy. David Muir is so immersed in business that he seldom finds time to visit. I am glad to say he and his wife and children have good health this winter. Anna is staying at home this winter. It is a great comfort to me, but we live so very retired that she gets rather lone some. Your father is as busy as usual every day, doing all the chores and making fences, and has good health. Last week a person told him he began to look old, but [he] replied he did not feel old.Some time ago I had a letter from Daniel. He wrote that his health was good and that he was swallowing knowledge quite as fast as he could digest it. He thinks there is a possibility of graduating this spring. I hope he will succeed.I had a letter lately from Mary. She is quite well and likes Madison very much. She came home on a visit last Aug. I thank you very much for your great kindness to Mary. I hope she will make a good use of it, and I hope you will yet be repaid. I think I have told you about all the family. I think my greatest part of earthly happiness consists in knowing of the well-being and comfort of my family. You are each held in daily remembrance.Probably you know that many of our oldest neighbours have died this last summer, Mr. McNeith being one of them. In mercy we are still all spared. Surely the Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad. May the blessing of the Lord be upon you at all times to guide you and keep you, is the sincere prayer ofYour affectionateMother509
Farm [Hickory Hill,Wisc?]
1871 Jan 12
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Reel 02, Image 0375
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