David G. Muir


[David G. Muir]


[John Muir]


I was glad to see your picture I will send mine but they cant make good photographs here. I will send a daguerro


seen and met Mother several times, and mother would not speak to her, nor look at her. At this she felt so grieved that she cried whole nights about it and concluded that we had better give it up I don't know how it will end but we wont give up if I can help it Please to write soon and tell me what I had better do about it I hope you wont expose me nor make mother angry, but I want you to help me I am still in Forbes store and will continue untill harvest unless I am drafted. I am cashier now. I get twenty dollars per month and board & washing besides. I guess you had better follow me this harvest again I wont be able to go quite as fast as I used to I am afraid Remember to call at the store the first place when you come to town Father has moved away up by the depot about 3/4 miles from town What do you think

00324 Portage City Apr 11/63

Brother Jonathan I suppose by this time I ought to put A. M. or LL D to your appellation but as I don't know which it is I hope you will pardon the omission for this once. I hope you are well and enjoying your self as usual. For my part I am still enjoying good health, but have no notion of giving up the idea of "marriage to go to school" I am surprised that a gentleman of your enlightenment civilization and wisdom, should lack that grace of education courtesy, and hint that I have not finished my education Shame on such an insult!!!? The folks around home are all well as usual Father has bought another horse team, and he with other two men and John are poping into the springs work all the ardor and speed of Father's


Portage, Wis[c]

Date Original

1863 Apr 11


Original letter dimensions: 23.0 x 19.0 cm

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File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0511

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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