Harry A. Varnell
Chicago Sunday Jan 25th, 1863
Friend John Muir As it is sunday evening I will try to write you a few lines and let you know how we all are I am well and expect to start to school tomorrow I have been to work to palmers for two dollars a week. Father and Mother are well but mother has been sick but is about well now Father is to work at the Butcher Buisnes he is doing very well it is as warm as Summer here now not a bit of snow is to be found and as muddy as it can be this is awful sickning weather persons are dying every day and mourning on four or five houses every day I have got a nice little French pony and a [tuf?] one two on the south side thare is a large skating pond it costs $2.00 a ticket or 25 cts to come in once If you get a ticket you can skate all winter and any time you want P has gone to church and mother has got the head ache or she would write give my love to Dave and Joanna. Mother sends her respects to you and would be glad to hear from you I live at No 41 4th Avenue between
Van Buren and Harrisin but as it is getting late I must close so good by your Friend Harry A Varnel
Monday Morning Jan 26th, 63 Dear Friend I will scribbel a line in Harrys letter you will forgive me for not writing to you before. I have been sick and have my house to attend to keep one boarder. I had hoped to see Madison before this think I shall not untill summer. If you come to Chicago pleas call and see us. Mr Varnel is well and hard to work I hope he will try to be more steady than in other days. Oh may god help us to do our duty in the dear of sudend destruction. it is sickly hear. Small pox and fever. the weather is wet and disagreabel . I hope you are well and injoying yourself. Remember me John in your secret devotion that I fall not by the way Write soon My Respects to you and all our friends God bless you Good bye. Your Friend E. I. Varnell PS Chicago Ill.
1863 Jan 25
Original letter dimensions: 24.5 x 19.0 cm
Varnell, Harry A., "Letter from Harry A. Varnell to John Muir, 1863 Jan 25" (1863). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1124.
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