Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir


Portage City May [16?], 1863

Dear John As I expect to see you here soon I thought I would let you know how to find us out as we have moved to a different part of the city. when you get to the Elsworth House come straight west about 1/2 mile and you will see some houses, look for a small new barn and a well near it at the bottom of Prospect Hill. I like to live here very well - by going to the other side of the hill I have a very pleasant walk along the side of the Wisconsin river, and I think you would enjoy a walk on Prospect Hill very much as there is such a fine view from it. I hope your health improves we are all pretty well. I am glad you get along so comfortably with your studies. the girls are getting along with theirs very well. We had a letter from Daniel yesterday he is well, but he has left Toronto, and he is now at Markham 25 miles north east of Toronto - David is still in Forbes Store - as yet there seems to be no end to this unhappy war it is rumoured there will be drafting in this state in the month of June I hope it will not take place the dreadful miseries

occasioned by this awful war can never be known I hope it will speedily come to an end - I received your likeness and think it very good, I have not got those likenesses you wish to have, but I expect to have them when you come -

P.S. Since writing the above I have got to Hickory Hill to visit the folks here, and find them pretty well, I have forgot to bring my specs with me so I can scarcely write -

Dans address is Markham Township of Markham York Co Canada West from your affectionate Mother



Portage, [Wisc]

Date Original

1863 May 16


Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 20.0 cm

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0539

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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