Anne L. Muir


Anne [Annie L. Muir]


John Muir


Dear Bob how are you. Anna Reid can walk and got some teeth. this is Saturday So I aint at school today our teachers name is Miss waldo and she is prety cross. I suppose you dont know that Anna and George Manard is dead they died of the diptheria within a few weeks of each other. do you know that we had three days fair a while ago and so we did not have our school these days and Ma and Pa was in the hall and saw all the things there. Ma is so glad that neither you nor David and Daniel is [not deleted] drafted.

from your sister Joanna G Muir Wis. fareyewell good-bye


Portage Nov 15th 1862

Well John it is a long time since I have sat down to write to you before but it is longer still since you have written to me. We are all pretty well and I hope you are the same. Sarah and David were down last week they are all well to I believe. I suppose you have heard that they have drafted up in Marquette county and will be anxious to hear who are drafted there is none of our folks taken. I will try and get a list of the names to send to you. You may be glad you was not taken. How do you like Madison this winter or fall rather I meant to say. How do you get along [at deleted] with your studies. I like the school better then ever this winter There is going to be a vacation of two weeks in four or five weeks and there will be one in Madison too will there not. will you try to come home then if you can I am sure we would all

like to see you. Daniel and Mary and myself have been attending a sing school we had a first rate teacher his name is Mr Carpenter, but it will be done on Tuesday we will then have had him here for twelve nights. and we go to the Episcopal sunday school and the minister teaches a singing school on Saturday afternoon to the sunday scholars so we attend that one also. But I guess I have written long enough for I am making so many mistakes now John you must write a long letter to me as soon as you have time so good by from your sister Anne Muir

Dear Sir I can read music now but not very readily. I am practicing every day I like very well to attend the singing school. Oh John how glad I am that you are not drafted I think those that began this war ought to be the only man to fight and not to force those to fight who are really unwilling. We are going to have a Sunday School celebration on Christmas and we are going to have a Christmas tree and good times I expect. you told me to draw a picture for you and even gave me the paper to draw it on but they are all to heavy perhaps I will find one to suit me some day please do write to me soon you have not written to me for a long long time and I should like very much if you would please excuse my poor writing good by from Mary your sister


Portage [Wisc.]

Date Original

1862 Nov 15


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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