John Muir


John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway]



-body that likes it as well as me I know you pray for me. Sarah and it is a comforting piece of knowledge I hope you are all fine and well David I would have wrote to both you and Sarah before now had I had opportunity I spent nearly all forenoon at Mrs Mitchells she and the children are pretty well Mr Mitchell expects to be home about the middle of November his health is quite poor fever and ague I guess you had not better answer this till I write again after I settle Goodbye David and you Sarah and Anna and George God bless you



[Oct 1860]

Dear Sarah I am in Madison tomorrow morning I suppose I shall seat myself in Mr Wirads Ice Road to be hurled to Pr du Chien Mr Wirad is an old machinest I am to have access to his books and tools I have had many other offers but stern looking Mr Wirad is my choice If I am at all able to lay down any particular plan for myself while at the mercy of so many chances and influences I might say that I mean to stay a month or two with this man and then steer eastward. I hope he is not a Catholic I noticed a cross on his droll looking boat I'm not bound


But Sarah I am now adrift on this big sinning world and I dont know how I feel jumping out of the woods I was at once led and pushed and whirld and toped about by new everythings every- -where For three or four days my eyes at least were pleased and teased and wearied with pictures and sewing machines and squashes and reapers and quilts and ch[illegible] and apples and flowers and soldiers and firemen and thousands of all kinds of faces all of them strange but two my health hea -ven is good as good I think or better than it was at home I have many


friends here at least all seem to wish me well I board with a very good and respectable family Varnell is their name Little Harry Varnell and myself are the only persons in the house the rest are up town some where tonight Mrs Varnell is at a prayer meeting I expected to start for Pr du Chien this afternoon As I bade Mrs. Varnell goodbye she took my hand and looked as she might cry and said "I hope you shall succeed and have good health goodbye and God bless you" There is Sarah a flood of praise poured on me from nearly everybody here You know how dangerous it is for any


[Madison, Wisc.]

Circa Date

[1860 Oct]


Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 25.5 cm

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0095

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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