Sarah [Muir Galloway]


John Muir


Fountain Lake Jan 4th 1863 My Dear Brother, here I am again with another of my scrawl's I hope you are well we are all pretty well except a little cold we were over at Maggie's on New Year's day. Father Dan Mary & Anna were there also Andrew Hendry & Duncan Reid and another girl by the name of Maitland, we had quite a pleasant time I wished you had been there too. I believe Mother would have been up too but she has a bad sore on her leg she does not know whither it is what is called Rose or Erysipelas, it has been very bad indead but is somewhat better now, Anna will be up this week they have had a vacation of three weeks, Dan Mary & Anna has been to a Singing School, they have had an excellent teacher and have made considerable Progress, I wish you could see my Prickly Pear & instead of withering when Winter comes like most other things I can count eighteen Pretty little ones that have budded out within a few weeks tree is a good many of them between two and three inches long, and there is more just begining to peep out. remember it is standing up on the shelf by the chimney, we have two or three more little flowers besides. Jane [Gutchele?] is staying with us this Winter. She studies some through the day and say's them to David in the evening

Father is very much engaged just now with a Protracted meeting somewhere between his own Place and Kingston, he says they habe crowded houses and good times I saw you on New Years morning, shook hands with you and wished you a happy New Year, whither you knew of it or not that is another thing, if you did not then I repeat it again I wish you a happy New Year and may you be truly happy in every sense of the word. I saw your long letter and truly it is a long one indeed, and besides I did not know you were half so rich Maggie is about her usual, her little Annie has not been very well for a few days back. Georgie can talk enough now, he is one of the most restless little fellow's you ever saw he does not know the way to sit still five minutes, if you had about half a dozen of them in a school I think they would be about enough to keep you in motion most of the time at least. he knows all his letters that is so much maybe he will learn to sit through time May God bless you and keep you Sarah

P.S. be sure and write soon I am wearying for a letter from you s

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Fountain Lake, [Wisc]

Date Original

1863 Jan 4


Original letter dimensions: 19.0 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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