D[avid] G. Muir
money of any [illegible] except what she earns. She boards Mother Annie Joanna & her three children & a young lady who attends school & receive sufficient therefore to to get a living & her clothes also Grace’s who helps her do housework Joanna did want to find other quarters but I persuaded her to try and live with Sarah for the sake of helping her They all live in my house for which I charge her no rent & keep telling her not to consider it a debt I guess Annies money is all used she makes considerable money by selling fish scale jewelry to the ladies. [Manufactured? by a Miss Moore her health is very fair & Mother helps her when she is in need. Joanna is all right Walter Sends her plenty of money so she pays her way in no stinted manner. Walter & his Bank has passed the [crises?] & is making money, with a bright prospect.[in margin: 01506][letterhead][in margin: [2nd?]] Portage, Wis. ……………………………….189…..as for John Reid & Maggie you know all about them. You wrote me to send [them?] some money last year but we were very hard pushed ourselves all of last year. the hardest I ever was. Ever since Jno Reid left Portage I have paid his life insurance for Maggie’s sake in case anything might happen to him, which with some other things I paid for him amounts to about $1000.00 beside this when he wrote me in desperation in Dec 1889 I [borrowed?] $500.00 & sent it to him. I never could decide whether to charge this to you or not because you wrote me not to send money for the land but for Maggies necessities
1891 Mar 4
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.
Reel 07, Image 0109
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