Ann Gilrye Muir


[Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir



Oct 21st 1860

Dear John

We have received three letters from you two from Madison and one from Prairie du Chien, we were glad to know your health was pretty good, in the midst of so much excitement and praise - I hope you find yourself comfortable in you new home, and likely to learn some of those things you want to know. I am glad you found so many friends at Madison and hope you will find friends wherever you go - We were rather surprised to know that you had set your face westward, and so is every one that hears of it. however I hope that will turn out for your good - I always under- -stood that Prairie du Chin was and unhealthy place but perhaps it is healthy in Winter - your Father went down to Portage on Friday the 19th and bought a trunk for you and a suit of clothes and a hat and three pair of socks and a pair of drawers - and I sent three fine shirts and two common ones and you flannel shirt and your papers and letters and small books. your Father put them all in the trunk together at Portage and then put the key in a paper and took it to the Post Office I have been particular in telling you -

of all things, as your Father left the trunk for the person to send off, that he bought it from, however I hope you have received the key and the trunk too, before this comes to hand - I hope you have received the letter we sent off last Sunday night wrote by so many, they will all be glad to hear from you we have received the books you sent and I think those not proposed giving you them [was?] certainly much interested in your welfare - Now John I hope you will write as soon as your trunk comes to hand as I am anxious to know that you have received it safe. I hope every thing will suit you, your Father intended to send a silk napkin for your neck but forgot until the key was sent off, let us know how much the carriage of the trunk cost you let us know how many churches there is in Prairie du Chien, and which you attend, and if there is any Sunday Schools and let us know how you are getting on - there is a prayer meeting every Sunday night at Midland School and is pretty well attended I intended to send this letter with them to night We all join in love to you hoping your health improves - from your affectionate (write soon) Mother



[Midland, Wisc]

Date Original

1860 Oct 21


Original letter dimensions: 25.0 x 19.5 cm

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0087

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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