April 12th, 1884.Dear John and Louie:I hope you are both well and little Wanda, tell her Auntie sends her a kiss. We are all pretty well. Sister Annie, I think, is getting along remarkably well. We had a card from her to-day written by Walter. She arrived there all right, and was feeling pretty well, and says she will write us a big letter next week. Joanna and baby are well.I don't know whether we told you about my visit to K[ansas] C[ity] last Feb. or not. I staid there two weeks. Joanna's health is better than I thought it was. She looks thin, but it surprised and pleased me to see how nicely she gets along taking care of little Ethel who is a large fleshy baby, and teething made her unusually troublesome while I was there, and doing her work with the help of a very inefficient girl. She is hopeful and happy.Father looks well, and his appetite is good, and he seems able to talk all day. But his mind sometimes wanders a little, except on the subject of religion. He is as happy as he can be. He says, "Jesus is made unto him wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption and what more do I want or need."We are having rather a backward spring. Enough snow fell to whiten the ground last Sunday, and we are having a good deal of cloudy, rainy weather. I know it is very different where you live. I suppose you have heard about poor David Galloway's sickness. Sarah must feel very uneasy about him. He is a good deal better now, although the doctor (Dr. Prentiss) does not think he will ever be able to work. I am as ever,Your affectionate sister,Maggie R.[Margaret Muir Reid][Following letter written on same sheet of paper]Crete, Neb., April 11, 1884.Bro. John Muir,Dear Sir:You requested me to write you about Annie L's health. She left us last Saturday for Kansas City to stay with Joanna a while. She was feeling some better than when she came, has gained 7 or 8# in weight. It seems that one of her lungs [is] quite badly affected, also had a bad cough. Still her cough was gone considerably when she left. She is still weak - can walk about a half mile. Sits up about half of the day. She has great faith that she is going to get well. Dan thinks she may get well if circumstances prove favorable. I sometimes have my doubts about her getting well. - Hope I may be mistaken. Dan says it will be one year before she will be veil enough to go back to Wis.I suppose you have heard of D.M. Galloway's sickness. Poor fellow. I pity him. I am afraid that he will never get over his troubles. He is trying hard to sell his farm and come west to Neb. to engage in the stock business. I hope he will get able so as to look after his affairs, even if he should not be able to work any more.Bro. William has sold out his farm in Wis. and has bought in Neb. about 25 miles further west. Has got a good farm. Will make him a good home when he gets [it] fixed to suit him. I am busy shipping and feeding sheep. I hope to have them all off soon. Will go to Wis. this month. We would be much pleased to have you call round and see us sometime.John Reid
1884 Apr 11
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
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