Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir


[4] so John had little left - but Margt said if she was poor she was out of debt and felt satisfied - about a week ago your father hired John Reid to take care of his farm in his absence - so John and Margt are coming here to live, as soon as she is able to ride this length, her baby is healthy but she is still weak - affairs round here seem to have changed as much as the face of Nature since you left home - I hope you will write soon from your affectionate Mother


505 [1] Dec 1st 1861

Dear John I have received your letter and am glad to know that you are well. I have often felt axcious to know about you since you left home. We have very seldom had that pleasure you say you are extremely busy and are still more thirsty for knowledge, I hope you will have opportunities for study until you are somewhat satisfied - I hope you will like teaching but you have not told us where you are going to teach at. let us know, - all the girls are anxcious for letters from you. David and Sarah are anxcious to know if

[2] you have received their letter about five weeks ago Daniel told his Father that he had made up his mind, not to be a farmer and he wished to go to Madison to study this Winter - after his Father had thought about it he decided to go to Madison and find a house suitable for us all to spend the winter in, if he could get some one to take care of the farm - however he afterwards thought Madison too far from the farm so he went to Portage last week and hired a home there so Daniel and the girls will -

[3] attend School in Portage City this winter. I never thought I would like to live in Portage but hope I will, - Mr [Everest?] has been here and has got John Reids farm back, John never told Margt any thing about his affairs but Mr [Everest?] told her all about them, he told her John had said very little more then the interest of the money so he got the farm back and John has hauled off a good deal of Wheat at low prices to give the money to [Everest?] and George claimed one horse -


[Portage, Wisc]

Date Original

1861 Dec 1


Original letter dimensions: 15.5 x 20.0 cm

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

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