William R. Thayer


John Muir


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[50]Portage WisconsinJune 28, 1896.My dear Johnson.I reached Portage in time for mothers funeral & all was done under the the most satisfactory auspices. Mother was beautiful in life & death & she suffered little or not at all, the natural sleep of weariness gradually deepening into the sleep of death. It was very fortunate that I was called east & so was led to her side when shemost longed to see me You have been my good angel, & have fairly crowded & compacted the days in New York with good things [illegible], Burroughs, Osbornes & best of all Yourself.Heaven bless you.I hope to meet Sargent at Chicago on July 3d Am now trying to comfort my sisters & settling business affairs. Remember me to Mrs. Johnson.Ever yours John Muir[in margin: Mr R.U. JohnsonCentury Editorial RoomsUnion SquareNew York.]


Cambridge, Mass

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