John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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011962a great change in him for the better. I have tried to get him to come all the way with us now that he has at length cast loose but fear I shall not succeed. He intends returning from Crete & Lincoln to this place to take Mary back to Portage as Willis left her here to attend to his Wis busienss. I expect to be in Martinez about the 6th or 7th by way of the Topeka [illegible] to Santa Fe & Southern [service?].I was only one & a half days in Chicago but I saw most of the fruit dealers, Portec Bros, Hicksea Justi & Co etc. & had long talks with them to but little purpose I fear. My other friends I had no time to see though I should3have enjoyed a week very much.Father is very feeble & helpless, & within the last month or two has failed very much. & is often for a few moments in a kind of bewildered stupor out of which he awakens with a start & is conscious in a bright keen way for a few moments or so & again looses the power of attention. He is very much emaciated also & as he eats but little I fear the end is very near He does not know me & I am very sorry. He looks at me & takes my hand & says "is this my dear John" & then sinks away on the pillow without


Kansas City, Mo.

Date Original

1885 Sep 26


Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 12.5 cm.

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Reel 05, Image 0457

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