John Muir


John Muir


Mary [Muir]



Hickory Dale 1000 ft above the sea. January [illegible] /65

Dear John We are pretty well but are fast growing weary of the many changes which now seem to be of daily occurrence . We now live in a room made in the upper part of the barn next the orchard we[illegible] by an outside stair It is hard carrying up the wood & water Once I slipt and fell with an armful of burr oak firewood and sprained my [weeping?] sinue. The cattle live in the house now - the cows in the cellar - the horses on the first floor & the sheep upstairs


Nan will not go past the cellar door but we do the best we can The apple trees are dug up and planted upon the cold rocky summit of the observatory where I am sure they will not grow well The cattle do not stand the severe weather well this winter - they stand drawn to- gether like a dog licking a pot Aunt Sally is married and Lowdy Graham has the whooping cough Write soon or sooner from your Sis Mary

P.S. Carrie Muir has enlisted and David is very angry


[Now?] Mary you should just [illegible] grit and [bone?] of that kind in your letters I only scribble that nonsense to show you that these small matters which occur in the neighborhood which you do not think worthy of note are still of interest to us when so far from home. I am sorry that John & David have had to leave home but it is better that they go down to sojourn in this American Egypt then of fight American Philistines. I trust Mary that you are deligently employed in the acquisition of knowledge - prepare yourself for usefulness as a teacher and do not think of marrying for long years to come, is my advise this note will also do for Anna & Joan

Give my kindest love to all at home
Write soon Affect'ly John


March 5th /6[5?]

Dear Sis' Mary I would give you a kiss cash down for the satisfaction of seeing you I fancy that your face is [illegible] so lean and little but that I could easily find it. I received your last letter with a great deal of pleasure but it was not great enough in [of its?] dimensions minute enough in its details or sufficiently [illegible] knick knacky [illegible] [illegible] is a f[illegible] for a [illegible] letter from you [illegible] though as regards style I by no means commend it to your exact i[illegible]


[Meaford, Canada]

Date Original

1865 Mar 5

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File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 0686

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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