David G. Muir


David [G. Muir]


John Muir


Portage City Dec 31st 1862.

Dear John I believe I wrote last but as I see no sign of your answering I must write again. The folks are all well, Maggie is about the same as she was last summer Hope you are well my son, I am still trotting around the counter tearing rags [illegible] fine business for winter. It will do a fellow more good in the way of sharpening, and trading, than teaching I think. I wonder who on earth you don't write a letter to let us know how you are getting along, and how the [illegible] prospers, and who is there. Mother wants to know if you are coming home about New Year. You should come if it were for nothing else but to get your clothes here where they are cheap I will be very much obliged to you if you will do some business for me about the first of March that is to pay the interest on my land I will send the money, and the de[illegible] -tion of the land, and you can do it as well as I can. Will you do it I had a most glorious visit last Saturday. Perhaps you don't know that [illegible] is teaching in the Town of [Caledonia?] this winter about ten miles from here Well you see I started on Saturday afternoon and got here early in the evening and staid all night and till three on


Sunday afternoon. I declare it was the sweetest hours that e'er I spent" I have got acquainted with lots of pretty girls in Portage but I [would?] not trade off my Katie for any ten of them. Now that's plain talking. but it is so She is the best girl I ever saw or want to see. John if you have not fond a lass yet you are mi- ssing on of the most greatest pleasures this earth affords. I wish I was out of debt so I can get married. Now John if you abuse this free speech of mine I wont write another word to you on the subject. Tell D. F Abbott that I have not got his letter all read yet and never will. if he would only write the Dutch in English letters I would ris[illegible] the rest tell him I will write to him soon. Dan & the girls have gone up to the farm to spend New Year you had better make up your mind to come up and harvest with me again next summer. If you will send me your picture without a case in a letter I will send mine to next week it wont cost much. How does Jack Duncan look? Now Sir you must please write an answer to this the same day you get it and tell me all the news, so hoping for the best I will leave you but Oh! [Yeer a bad Yen!!!?] but try and be a good boy after this with love D[illegible]


Portage, [Wisc]

Date Original

1862 Dec 31


Original letter dimensions: 30.0 x 19.0 cm

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File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0457

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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