Lucy Webster, R. Squire, W.F. Webster, and Alice M. Squire


John Muir



Dear friend Muir I am now seated to write you a few lines to let you know that I am well and hope these few lines will find you the same There have been a great many men enlisting and there is a great many more to go to war. I wish this war would soon end but I fear it will be a long time before [illegible] rebellion is Crushed. Mr Muir I thank you a thousand times for [thoes?] images alltho they never entered our house.

W. F. Webster


Dear Mr Muir I will write a few lines to you now the rest got through. I thank you very much for those presents. Those imagyes got broke the boys was playing ball and [they?] threw it through the window and hit them and broke them all to pieces but we got the bell Eddys Gilberts folks have moved down to Green County so he does not come to school this winter. A lady from Bellvile teaches our school. We have [99?] scholars. Weston and Charley came here to school this winter their Father has enlisted. I got that picture from Mrs. Heebys but it does not look much as it did for it was clean then but it is dirty now and looks real bad. They are having a singing school down to Storytown this winter

Alice M Squire

Mr John Muir,



I shall have to explain the reason for delaying to send this letter or you will think we were very negligent, I have a Niece attending school at the University, and she said she would see the janitor and get him to bring those things you left, to her room, And she took your letter, lest she might forget, And if we could not remember your address, and did not get your letter again, until yesterday. Mr Squire has gone back to his Reg't. and we feel very sad about it. I went up Saturday, expecting to see him but they had sent him away two days before, His Regiment are at Natehes. R Squire

[1] January 11th 1864

Dear friend Muir We received your kind letter and was very glad to hear from you and to know that you was enjoying yourself among your friends. we are all well at present we are going to school but do not have a very good one this winter we have a female teacher. Gilbert McKeeby is teaching up to the white school house this winter [Nett?] goes up there to school, Mr [illegible] people are as well as usual Willie as mischievous as ever. Sophia Mc Keeby is teaching down to Story town. Mr Smoles people I believe are all well Henerette and Jacob come here to school they had the great affliction to loose a son who came home sick from the army, Mrs Harper has returned from the east they are all well. I think of no more to write at present. write soon good by. [Long?] Webster



[Oregon, Wisc.]

Date Original

1864 Jan 25


Original letter dimensions: 20.0 x 24.5 cm

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Reel 01, Image 0626

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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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