Margaret [Muir Reid]


John Muir


round Mrs Cripps has been very sick this winter and several children have died of that throat disease. May we so live that when death comes we will be ready Fight on fight on till death Shall bring thee to thy God He ll take thee at thy parting breath To His divine abode I am comming to see you whenever I am able, but I expect to see you first Good bye From Your affectionate Sister Margt

493 Dear John [Feb. 1863] I feel as if I had fairly got out of the way of writing letters I hardly know how to commence It is too bad is'nt it. I dont know how to excuse myself for being so long in writing, unless I just tell the old story. I am slowly gaining strength after the awful event which took place two weeks ago I am cozilly sitting in my own comfortable room and the little fat thing sleeping in the bed. You sent me a wonderful long yellow letter I was in bed when it arrived. John came stalking in with what I thought a handful of shavings I wondered what he meant when the fire was burning well enough [as deleted] when behold he walking right past the stove and and handing it to me said it was Johns letter

a wonderful letter sure enough 12 yds long. when I say so to any one they stare. I am glad you are so well and happy I dreamed I was down at Madison with you and was laughing and talking with you and felt well too and I was just telling you to come and show me your funny things when I awoke. Father has just arrived from the creek there has been a great many revival meetings held there lately, there has been a few at frenchs mill and a good many at Montello I hope much good may be done that will be permanent The girls and Dan were up at the new years vacation and Sarah was here on new years day. how did you spend it. Sarah staid 4 or 5 days with me since I was sick Mother was up a while too She is very very thin I suppose you heard of father getting so

much wheat burned. He has also had the misfortune to have broke down and falling out the buggy has got a black eye and a sore side. He has bought a house in Portage the girls don't like it they will have to walk about a mile to school that don't look much like coming back to the farm. We have loss sight of a book John borrowed from Louden Graham the name of it was Anecdotes on the (Shorter) catechism. It had the same name on the boards as them ones you sent to New York for Carter. Will you please to send the adress and if you see the name of the book in your catalogue see what the price is. I want to send for one. There is a Scotch piece of poetry tell me what you think of it. I don't hear of anything now. This has been a very mild Winter there has been a good deal of sickness


[Buffalo, Wisc]

Circa Date

[1863 Feb]


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 20.0 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0489

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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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