John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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01196[5 is struck out] 6I sent for a physician last evening to consult with him about his condition & how best to smooth his way to the grave. he said there is no disease. that he might [illegible] for months or die at any hour & that he should not be left alone. I had already consulted with Joanna & [struck word] [Walter?] about hiring a nurse at once. When the doctor came father asked whether his was going to die now & seemed glad to be told that there was no probability of his dying yet. Thought I expect to be here only a week I fear that David & I will see him laid at rest7I'm sorry I could not have been here two or three months earlier though I suppose all may be as well as it is. I have had quite [faint writing illegible] getting acquainted with the younger ones of the family. Mary & Joanna are strong & marked characters & could make names for themselves if they had a chance. Maggie I shall see very soon fear she is by no means well Give my love to everybody Tell Wanda that papa will soon be home & that little Ethel knows her quite well. Mary has two large hopeful ungovernable boysEver truly Yours John Muir


Kansas City, Mo.

Date Original

1885 Sep 26


Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 12.5 cm.

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Reel 05, Image 0461

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Page 4


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