Joanna Muir


Joanna [Muir]


John Muir


[Nov. 29, 1860] Decem 1860

Dear Brother John
Daniel got the letter last night and we was all very glad to hear from you I did not intend to write to you till I received one from you but as you was so anxious for news from home I thought I would write. pa and Ma and Margaret went to Portage and brought a Bureau and Bed and a Barrel full of Dishes and a great many other things for Margaret. has there Been any frost or snow where you are there has Been lots of Both here P[illegible] Got Both of his cars [illegible]. we expect Sarah and little Anne and little George over to stay with us for a few days little Anne can talk pretty well now [illegible] and George is a poo[illegible] thing and she calls you [illegible] Uncle John and she says uncle John is far away in a R[illegible] expect you will come and stay with us a while when you go east we will all be glad to see you there is no [Sunday?] school in grahams district now so I go to Midland again. David sold little Br[illegible] to Jamie Balentyne. now for some thing [more?] there are a great many mad dogs rond and it is dangerous to go out and some of our neighbors has kild there dogs is there any mad dogs round where you live. on thursday Pa and David went to Portage and first when they had got in there was a man came down the street crying fire fire fire for his house was bur ning and all the people run and David drew water from a well till it was dry and he says the woman looked very much frightened and the hous was very badly burned and when they were in Portage they brought a great Big pig the Bigest pig I think that ever came in to the [house?] it is about ten inches deep and one of the [illegible] is seven inches Brode. three hundred and thirty pounds and one half weight and it is very fat and Pa brought home some wheat for seed too. now John I am sure if your are home sick I am John sick for I am sure I am wearying very much to see you and so is Mary and Anne and we are all wearying for a letter John how do you like to live in a city after living in the woods so long I would like very much to come and see you and all of us I hope you will soon write me a long letter and tell me how many miles you are from home. Margaret thinks a great deal of her little singing book

David and Daniel can sing the tune you marked and great many others besides [illegible] is a card that came to Midland Postal office for you and here is a mark for your Bible which I have sent you to remember me by. I dont know whither I am going to school this winte or not but I hope I will so I can git my head a little enlarged with something what ever it is writing or spelling or reading or arithmetic so as I can git something in to my head but they dont know anything about who is going to teach yet our folks any way is the schools commenced where you are I think I would like to live in the sity so nicely I wouldn't need to walk far in tham frosty mornings can you see the school. do you lern in the morning when ever you get your choirs is Done tell me all you do every thing you do in the morning when you get up. I often Dreem that you have come Back I have Dreemed that four or five time Mary and Anne has Dreemed that you have come home to. one I Dreemed I found you in our Bed making a nother clock and a nother time I thought I found you in the Barren menging your clock I thought you had Broake it and had Gone home to mend it and I thought when ever you got it mended you took [hell and ran and the?] [illegible] and started of agan

Pa and Ma and all the rest sends their love to you I am finishing my letter on thanks giving day and Pa is away at a meeting and the boys are chopping down trees and what are you doing today * Goodbye write soon

from your affectionate sister




[place unknown]

Circa Date

[1860 Nov 29]


Original letter dimensions: 25.0 x 20.0 cm

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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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