Julia M. Moores
Original sent to [Hon.] Merrill Moores Indianapolis, August 25th, 1867. My dear friend: Your very welcome letter dated the 17th reached me on the 21st, the day you were to leave Portage City. I do not like to dwell on your leavetakings -- partings are always painful. Yet sad as your mother must be to part with you again, I can imagine what pleasure your visit must have given her-- and then to have all her children together! I wonder if your brother David's sickness was not home sickness caused by hearing that you were all at home but himself! And now you have fairly turned your back to home and my boy's face is hitherward! And we begin to want him very much. The first words I heard this morning, in a whisper, were, "Write to Merrill and tell him to hurry and come home." Poor Charles misses him sadly -- as do we all -- and longs for his return. We have all laughed again and again over your description of the two figures moving o'er field and moor gathering plants – the hinder one caricaturing in a manner the laudable pursuit of the one in front. I do hope most fervently he has not been a hindrance and yet I can scarcely see how at times he could have been otherwise. Your article for the "literary" sent to Sister Kate we all enjoyed. The "Hesperian" is at present enjoying a vacation – so that the paper cannot be read until it is reopened in cooler weather. I only take time to write a few lines this morning, hoping so soon to see your faces. We are all pretty well except Janet. She spent yesterday at her Aunt Mary's and was probably too free with watermelons. Katy just passed on her way to church -- she left her love for Merrill. Tell Merrill I was disappointed not to get his weekly letter, but it may make its appearance tomorrow. Mr. and Mrs. Marshall took tea with us last night. Mr. M. inquired kindly after you. Much love from Janet and Charles both to you and Merrill. Hoping to see you soon. I am, Truly your friend, JULIA M. MOORES
1867 Aug 25
Original letter dimensions: 28.0 x 21.5 cm
Moores, Julia M., "Letter from Julia M. Moores to John Muir, 1867 Aug 25" (1867). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1254.
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