Margaret [Muir Reid]


John Muir


Oct 8th 1862. Dear Brother I have just taken into my noddle to write you a few lines, it is an awful rainy time here, bad for the potatoes, before we heard of the conclusion which you and Father had come to Dav had bought him a yoke of cattle and had plowed several acres up the hill, but he willingly gave up the land and father paid him for what he had done. he has now left his farm part to Chaun[illegible] Hall and part to the boys. he was down at Portage at the examination. while there he got an offer from Forbes to be clerk. he thought he could do nothing else for a while, and so started down there yesterday The folks are greatly pleased with their mill. Father wants all his horse blankets and everything washed now. Mother was up here a few days and had a rainy time. We are glad to hear you are so happy in your home as you call it. I thank you for your 495 [funny?] candy and pictures. although Dav says he could'nt have got them for A[illegible] for there was no A[illegible] then. She is almost walking she can take two or three steps alone and as mischievous and dirty as ever. I have not seen Sarah since you left but I suppose she is about the same. little George has been pretty sick but when I last heard was getting better I have got another new girl but am in hopes this one will stay a while. her name is Jane Sample I think this is all the news. Be a good boy Keep in the narrow path. Watch and pray lest you fall into temptation. Good bye John write soon. Margt

Saterday night Brother John Margaret says that I must write some but I declare that I don't know what to write for she write first and tell you all the news and leaves nothing for me to write. well you father is here tonight studing the Bible for his sermon for to morrow, he has been here all the week mostly [illegible] of straw wood & potatoes to save time so that we can go to ploughing, we have got in sixty acres of winter wheat and got the potatoes all in the [illegible] and commence plowing, in regard to the fence I think that we will get along still I think that he has no right to it but any think for peace sake. David & Charles have settle their affairs. Charles has paid Dave $100 down the other in 3 years that is $100 every year. that leaves David short of $100 on Everest payments I received a letter from Everest stating that he must have that $100 down before he can deed the place. David has changed his mind of farming his land next season [lets it out to John?] Dick & Harry. We have just heard of the death of [Martan Maynard?] girls [illegible] this morning she is going to be buried tomorrow their has been 2 more died within the last two week. John let us so live that we

may be prepared to go in [heaven?] from John


[Jeddo, Wisc]

Date Original

1862 Oct 8


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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