Sarah M[uir] Galloway


[Daniel H. Muir]


Fountain Lake May 15th /63

My Dear Brother as David is going to Portage to marrow I thought I would write you a few lines. I often think about you and wonder how you are getting along, have you found any pleasant acquaintances yet is your health good are you in good spirits and all that I wish you would write and tell me all about it is it really true that they are going to send all you run away's from the draft home again that will be rather a hard job wont it Dan to be sent home again like a lot of run away slaves from their lawful Masters Surely they will never do that. we have had a visit from [Mr?] [illegible] this afternoon he expects to start for California next week sometime to try and better his circumstances but he does not know but they may try to stop him about New York. he is taking his show along with him it is something better than common. I believe he showed it at [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] a short time ago. David was there to see it every one seemed to be highly pleased with it we got your funny wee paper and the seeds you sent last week. David has not planted them yet but he means to give them a good chance to see what they will do. I got a wee pickle of the sensitive flower seeds you sent to Joanna. I have sown some of them. I hope they will grow I would like so well to see some of your Canada flowers is there gardens with their beautiful flower and fruit gardens just the same as they had in Scotland. I suppose the manners and customs of the people will be quite different from the those of the states. more like the old countries be sure and tell us all about it the next time you write you know we will like to get all the news you can give us we expect John up to help us with the harvest bye and bye David is going as far as Poignette to meet him his health has not been quite so good but was improving the last word we had. I have not been very stout myself

for some time back. David has bought a nice light wagon and we have a fine quiet mare that he can bust me with so he says. I must ride out myself and get strong but I doubt I will not go out much alone. I have not seen mother or the girls but once since you left I believe the girls were up at the Farm at their vacation but the teams were so busy getting in the spring crops they did not get over I expect to be over to see Maggie soon I believe her health is a good deal better than it has been she is not so nervous her little Jessie is a very fine quiet baby I think she will be prettier than her little Annie yet the two big oak trees in front of the house are cut down and the rows of apple trees filled out there is a good deal of blossom on a good many of the trees, if you only saw the two that are left of what Father put in away out from the stables they are fairly covered with blossom I have locust seed in to make a hedge round two sides of the orchard the west side I put in last year they [grew finely?] if [we?] are hire David means to put in a [ tame poplar?] one up from the gate on the south side that is about all the news I [illegible] about by the way I told you in my last letter about James Whithead being so sick he is going round now pretty well be sure to write soon . May God bless you and keep you safe from all harm is the prayer of your affectionate Sister Sarah [M?] Galloway


Fountain Lake [Wisc.]

Date Original

1863 May 15

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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