Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir


[4] Dan seems to think you have forgotten him altogether - and the rest of us are all much of the same opinion I hope you will be persuaded to write something to us all very soon. I suppose your time is precious, but write soon, tell us if you have made up your mind to be here at harvest time, we will be glad to see you -

from your affectionate Mother _____________ _________


[1] Portage May 12th, 1862 Dear John For a while after you left us for Madison I thought you had surely stuck fast in snow or mud as you have never wrote to any of us, my anxiety about you was relieved when your Father brought me the news from John Reid that you had got safely through the bad roads. I hope your health is improving and I hope you are enjoying your studies at Madison as much as ever. I thought you would attend the funeral services of the governor there is a great deal said about him



things move along here with us – in much the same old way we are all about the same as when you left us- Danl and the girls have spent about a fortnight at the farm, but were very glad to get back to the school again — your father has taken this house until the first of October, 002 don’t know whether I will be at the farm at harvest time or not. I have not been at the farm for a long time — during seed time Portage has looked like a deserted place but is not so bad now — I should think these were stirring times at Madison


we get a daily sentinel now, so I think we ought to know something about what is taking place in the world —

Perhaps you know David is trying to buy Everests farm, that John Reed had – would you believe he would be so very foolish as get into debt for such a place — John Reed says he has done all he could to prevent him doing such a foolish thing but he seems determined to preserve in his own way – if he gets it, he will be the first to repent of such a transaction when it is too late


Portage, [Wisc]

Date Original

1862 May 12


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 21.5 cm

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File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0375

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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