David M. Galloway


John Muir


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[4] if we could have made it out, I suppose you will have heard by this time of Maggie's little Jessie she is a fine stout baby, I had a note from Maggie lately she feels somewhat better and not quite so nervous as she has been for some time back, her girl of sixty left her in a few weeks taking with her two rolls of Maggie's butter and telling some one she had given her one for her Christmas & the other for her New year's and that [illegible] could work as well as her, so much for her. Father has bought a house and lot just outside of Portage he is building a stable and means to build a cistern and make things comfortable. I supose Anna says I must tell you that George has got the whooping cough and that she will soon get it You known James Whithead enlisted last fall his regiment went to Kentucky he was there only a short time when he was taken sick he lay in the hospital a long time hardly able to tell his wants you know how much there must be in such a place to make any one sick at heart even though he be in health, he grew tired of it got his discharge and started for home although they told him it was no use as he would certainly die on the road he said he did not want to be buried there anyway he started about noon the cars rode all that day and night all the next and arrived at Portage the next night, he was taken to the house of an accquaintance where he has been three or four weeks he got home on Friday I think 00320[1] Fountain Lake 2 March 1863 Dear Brother John We received your long looked for letter about a month ago, also the catalogue sometime previous; unfolding your last John the first words that met my eye were "I am at home, contented and happy", well after all come to anylize my own mind this evening "I am at home, contented & happy we have had quite a snowy day, and if you could have peep'd in this afternoon you would have seen us, (all four) busy discussing a tin panful of pop corn, an hour or so later you might have heard us from the upper gate as if "Bedlam" were loose, and if you had not been scared to come near the house you might have seen me with one on each knee shaking down the pop, and singing and laugh -ing like all possessed ; John I have a good many such days this winter. moreover, what do you think? Sarah is learning to "trip it on the light fantastic toe", it would make you laugh John to see me with the poker for a bow, and left arm for a Fiddle imitating


Fountain Lake, [Wisc]

Date Original

1863 Mar 2


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 27.0 cm

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