Mary Muir


Mary Muir


John Muir


Dear John Nov. 24th I thought I might as well write a few lines to you as not as I am not going any place this sunday I hope you are well we are all well. the ground is all covered with snow today which is a sure sign that winter is coming on. where abouts is your school is it neer Davids we do not know whither there is going to be any school in our district this win -ter or not. last Tuseday there was a little girl came to live with Margaret and her name is Anne Reid and she is your little Niece I have never seen her yet. I think I would like very much to see you and David again. there is not much new if I were in a city I would find plenty to write to you. I wish you would write a long letter to me full of news but I suppose you have not so much time as we would think I know David used to think you would have plenty time to write but now he says he had as much time in harvest to write as he has now. I suppose I must leve some room for Mary I will send a picture of the house when I was drawing it I was sitting out at the north end of the corn crib I will have to come to a close now. I cannot write to David till he sends his address I suppose it will not be the same now write as soon as you can. Iam your afectionate sister Anne Muir

Dear Brother John I hope you have not forgoten me yet I know I have nothing like forgoten you you have not writen any to me since you went away last and I should like very well to get a letter from you I suppose you have very little time but try and get a little some place if you please. one night Daniel went to the postofice and about the time we expected him back Joanna felt very impatient to know if there were any letters for hir and she said she would almost shreak for joy if there were onw and by and by Daniel came and she apeared to feel very bad when she found there were none for her and once before that she went and got hir hair nicely combed and she said she was geting ready to read hir letter but there were none for hir. oh John if I could only see you and David and I suppose you would like to see me and there it is. Mother and Daniel is away up to see Margaret to day and there is no body at home but us three girls and Father. what a poor writer I am I am ashamed to send it so far I shall send you a picture as I promised be sure and send us wird soon from your affectionate Sister Mary Muir



[Hickory Hill, Wisc.]

Circa Date

[1861 Nov 24]


Original letter dimensions: 24.5 x 19.0 cm

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0239

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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