Margaret [Muir Reid]


John Muir


Jeddo Wis April 27th/62 Friend John This morning John I thought that I would write you a few lines along with the rest I am gone every day up to the nursery selling trees while the season last. Everest requested me to stay one month from the 7th of April to the 7th of May I have been three week now. I am selling trees more or less every day for D. S Wood worth & H. B. Eveerest. There will be from four to five thousand trees sould out of the nursery this year. The farmers here are all busy putting in the seed I have got mine all in except 3 or 4 acres. Your father will be done to morrow there will be a good many who will not be done next week, the season is very short for the farmers to get there crops in it makes them grumble some there is not much of anything going on here in particular. we have got a new minister here in the place of Jones I think he is a very good man a man that is calculated to do some good I have heard him once and liked him very well he brings out his idea very clear and plain so that any one can understand him he is going to stay 3 month anyway and if the people like him and can raise enough to support him through the coming season he will stay I hope they will for there is great need of one here to stir up the people. now John I must close so good by and be a good boy. John Reid

April 24 Dear brother I feel some better this morning and I thought I would write to you and tell you all the news. I was glad to receive you letter and felt that I had a kind sympathizing brother I was sorrow you had such a bad time going down we are all very busy here getting in the seed (all except me) we have two hired men besides David and [Dan?] who is working here now he has two weeks vacation. the girls and Mother are all coming to before school takes up again, but I will have to stop for I am not so strong as I thought I was. Father presen -ted me with a nice little willow coack for Amie and her and I is much out of doors which is good for both. it will be a great benefit to me this summer Jim is up at the nursery every day just now I suppose you know that father has hired John for another year, so twill be a good while before we leave the old home David Galloway was over since you wrote and I gave him your letter for [Sarah?] to read. There [illegible] is a new Minister come instead of Jones. John heard him last Sunday he liked him firstrate The midland Sunday School has commenced again and Dav is chosen superintendant I guess that is about all the news, oh no more yet Mrs John Foster has got a son. I heard that John could 490 do nothing else but hold it. do you wonder. Good bye. I hope you are well and happy walking close with your God. From your affectionate Sister Margt

write soon



[Jeddo, Wisc]

Circa Date

[1862] Apr 24


Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 19.5 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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