Joanna M[uir] Brown


John Muir


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[2]I have nothing great to write yet, I can at least say that business is improving somewhat and the prospect somewhat less depressing--and now that winter is behind us and spring before us there is promise of better things. What hope and cheer comes with the springtime.The winter here has been very changeful, extreme cold and unusual mildness following each other, and causing much sickness; but amidst all the sickness on every hand and on almost every household, we have been preserved in health[3]and strength, so you see we much to be thankful for. The children are very well and growing as fast as possible. I had a little sick spell a few weeks ago. The first since I came to this house, and Ethel met the emergency wonderfully She not only cooked and waited on the little ones but waited on me too. So you see I am not entirely alone.The sweet promise, "I will not leave you comfortless" is always verified to us whether in spiritual or temporal need.Mother is in her usual health and comfort and


Portage, Wis

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Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24.5 cm.

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