Sarah [Muir Galloway]
at work on the Farm last fall he has got all the stumps on the broken land pulled except a very few he is busy today drawing them into a fence. Mary is still staying with Maggie she has been out of school part of the time this winter but she keeps steady at her music lessons. her teacher told me that she was getting along very well & that she was away ahead of others of her scholers she was so steady. Annie's school was out last Saturday but I have not seen her since she got through. Joanna feels pretty lonesome this winter she went to school part of the time but could not go steady on account of the roads. Maggie is about her usual & John is in the old place. David has moved into another house I suppose one that is about the only charge I had a letter from Isabella Sanderson a short time ago. David was at Demascus had-had small pox but had recovered. it affected his eyes very much so that he was almost blind for a time. like Paul he was led into the city. not seeing and if he was not lodged in in the street called Straight it was not far from it. Now I must again say goodbye My Dear Brother. write me if it were only two or three lines to let me know if you are well and where you are.
Mound Hill March 17th /68
My Dear Brother John
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to have heard once more of your where abouts. David brought home you last letter to [D G M?] on saturday. how anxiously I heard it read over but my heart almost sank when I heard of your going to start for California. I had expected to see you home this spring but now that you have gone there. there is no saying where you will stop. I presume you will think something about it when you cannot get any further. I have been very anxious about you since I heard of your sickness in Florida. away among entire strangers it must have been very hard to bear. but I believe you would be kindly watched over even there. you make friends where ever you go. and then there is One who would care for the stranger more lovingly
than mother of sister. how thankful should we be for this comfort. I was over at mother's a short time ago she seemed almost hopeless about you she was wearying very much for word from you. her last word was that you were sick in Florida but that you were getting well and would soon start. and so thought if she wrote you would be gone before it got there. Mother wrote to Dan - once or twice to send her every word of new's about you she gave me a letter to post for you five or six weeks ago but I have been waiting all this time for your address I shall send it off at once now. I looked over your parcel of Florida plants. and exceedingly admired your ferns. what a splendid variety you have got. your Cuba ones had not arrived the last time David was in Portage I have not been in Town lately and so have not seen your shells but I have heard of them I expect long interesting chats with
you when you come home about the different countries you have visited I presume every plant flower or shell will take you back to the place you found them and all the scenery or beauties of their native home will come back to your memory. Barbara was telling me about a new book on photography she had got. it explained how the dried specimens could be used as negative and a perfect picture produced it also mentioned the advantage this would give to Botanists. you know you could have a large book and the picture of one of your pets on every page with their description. according as they came in order. David has been very busy this winter he has got about all of the lumber hauled for his little Barn and has let the job he had a stumping [illegible]
Mound Hill, [Wisc]
1868 Mar 17
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm
Galloway, Sarah Muir, "Letter from Sarah Muir Galloway to John Muir, 1868 Mar 17" (1868). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1270.
Reel 01, Image 1194
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