S[arah] M[uir] Galloway


[John Muir]


Jan. 4, 1862 Fountain Lake January 4th

My much loved Brother how I have [illegible] for a few lines from you but I suppose you are so busy with your school and other things you find little time I very often think about you and wonder if you are happy & comfortable or if you take much pleasure in you present occupation how does your nerves stand it, and are you not afraid it make you cross like David keeping such a long face all the time and trying to keep so many little ones still which is almost impossible for the poor little things to do, how does your Clock work with its new appendage We were over at John Reid's on New Year's day Father & Mother and Joanna were up from Portage, Mother likes her old home better than the new one yet Maggie has been quite nervous again and is not very stout John had a sore throat something like what he used to have but wee Anna

is thriving finely Mrs Reid was up too and Hendry & Duncan, who missed you boys much I guess for they had no such fun as they used to have at new year. If you have seen Mrs Parkins lately I suppose she would tell you we had twice a visit from her while she was up this way she seems to be quite a pleasant person I think, and one that will not let you weary in her company she was inquiring after you she said she had told you to come back again and as you had not come she thought you must be up here yet What do you think of the war news now, I guess you would laugh if you knew how much I am interested in Politics now if England comes in to play a part there will be some more stir among the Yankee's will ther not but I suppose you don't take up your mind much about such things Chemistry and all the angles will put such things fairly in the shade do I guess right tell me I will send you two pieces of poetry tell me what you think of them

Now now John I want you to tell me all about what you are studying and how you are getting along with them all and all about yourself Remember it interests me mu[illegible] writing you a happy new year happier than the last I remain your loving sister S. M. Galloway


Fountain Lake, [Wisc]

Circa Date

[1862] Jan 5


Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 26.5 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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