Mary [Muir Hand]
I usually answer all home letters as soon as they come to hand because they are so very numerous I am unable to remember whether or no they receive a reply ere they are laid away. How delightful it is to think of you & Joanna so near, &, lovers of Nature as you both so keenly are, in so wild & so beautiful a region. I only wish that I could see you both every day & give you the benefit or the burden of one of my long talks. You know that though far from fluent I always was an inveterate speaker, & I grow worse & worse as I grow older. It must be hard for Maggie in her poor health to begin home making afresh so far from Sarah & mother & all of you save Dan. Still she will I devoutly hope become accustomed to the change without much suffering. Away & away you all we all are flying like winged seeds, & taking root far apart. Heaven bless us all & keep us close together in eternal family love. With Lou’s kindest regard I am every cordially & lovingly your brotherJohn MuirRemember me to Mr Hand & to Mr Brown I look forward with great pleasure to the time [in margin: when I shall make their acquaintance.]
1880 Dec 20
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Reel 04, Image 0390
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