Annie L. Muir
Portage, Wis., Feb. 9th, '94.My dear Brother John:Time does indeed fly very "fastly" and I have not accomplished nearly as much as I had intended to before this date. We have enjoyed mild pleasant weather with very little frost or snow since the 21st of December. But this day is what mother calls a genuins "February fill the dyke" day. It is snowing and blowing and drifting about in true February style, and how the dogs are enjoying it, chasing and tumbling and frolicking about, as if it were exactly to their taste.A recent letter from Ette says that her folks are delighted with everything Californian thus far. Mr. Westlake,in particular, is delighted with the laurels, live oaks, wild flowers, etc. and he thinks that vine-raising, or rather grape raising, is the ideal way of making a living, if a man is not too much worried and hurried. I am glad they are satisfied, and I am particularly glad that the old folks have escaped the severe frosts of time forever.Mrs. Watson-Robertson came up and staid a day with us last week. She seemed to be in good spirits and in better health than for some time. She spoke of the pictures which you promised her. Thought that you had probably forgotten about them. And Mrs. Arnot has gone from earth -- has passed into the Home beyond. She was very willing to go. Thought she had stayed here long enough. Bettie came and took her to her home near Eau Claire, so that she could take care of her foster-mother through her remaining days, but they proved to be few. Just six weeks from the day that she left Portage, her remains were brought back to be buried at the "stone schoolhouse" by the side of "Tam." Mother felt her death keenly. It seemed as if almost the last of the old-time friends had gone.I am glad to say that Mother is feeling as well as when you were here. For a few weeks this winter she felt very poorly, but has quite recovered. Sarah is not feeling over well, but we hope she will soon be herself again. Joanna had another time of dearth, but Walter has gotten to work again and she is relieved. I thank you heartily for my Xinas money and Mother's too, as she does not feel like writing at present.Lovingly your sister,Annie L. Muir
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