David G. Muir


Dave [David G. Muir]


[John Muir]


Saturday Eve Nov 15th 1862

Johanes Mine Brouder As the children are all scribbling for you I took the notion to speak a word. I am very well and happy too hope you are Ditto exactly. I am plaguey glad that I am not drafted for I almost expected to be, and you are also free til the next call. I suppose you hear and see soldier enough every day. I don't see any except loafers. I have engaged in the haberdas- hery business till next July making 9 months in all. I got a tip-top 2d grade certificate but I am going to need it. I got $15 for


the first month. 1 get $18 for the next 5 months, and $20 for the last 3, making $150 for the last 8 months, with board and washing, the former of which is tiptop.You know I have sold my oxen, and am quite free again. Ask D. Y. Abbott why he doesn't write once in a while. Tell him 1 want a Dutch and English dictionary, i.e. a Dutch-English, English-Dutch one. Ask him to let me know if they have any good ones, and how much it will cost. If he can't get a good one tell him to send it, and tell me what it cost, and I will send the money. You see, John, I have improved in my writing lately.Write soon and all the news. And remember Portage City. Goodbye, dear sir, says,Dave [Muir]


[Portage, Wisc.]

Date Original

1862 Nov 15


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 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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