Sarah [Muir Galloway]


Dan[iel H. Muir]



are happy to know even that much. D. Muir's letter was returned after having been in the San Francisco Office 30 days then later my letter & mothers was return -ed from the dead letter Office. you can guess we were all very anxious. but I am in hope's that we shall all hear that he is well ere long. Maggie & I arranged that I should write now. and as soon as she finds out the contents of Mother's letter she will write so that you will hear the news a soon as possible. There was quite a pic-nic on the fourth in a grove near Date's Mills there four or five Sabbath schools besides a great number of others. the assembly was addressed by Mr Whitman & Lawyer. Co[illegible] from Portage there were two or three others on the stage besides. Maggie & John were there David & Hattie with their children Mary Annie & JoAnna also David & Myself with the children so you see we were all there except you & John.


but you were not forgotten. how did you enjoy yourself & when were you on that day. We were over at Mothers the week before the fourth Annie & Joanna happened to be home from their school's and what do you think mother had a currant loaf made to celebrate your birthday. a small thing 'a currant loaf' but it is the loving remembrance. it happened to be two days before your birthday but she thought if she waited till Monday there would have been no one there to eat it but Father and herself the girls being away at their schools she seemed glad to think we were there to eat a piece of your loaf. Twenty five. Dan - we are apt to think there must be a great many responsibilities resting on the shoulders of a man of Twenty-five & yet I suppose you feel as light hearted as you were at fifteen may God bless you Dan - & make you a blessing to those arround you & may your year's be many & happy David has had a very busy summer so far he has got a nice little barn built

[in margin: I feel ashamed to send you this awful scrawly letter Dan, but I was all tired out and could barely write at all. it is better than nothing.]


& painted he has also got his clover & tr[illegible] hay into it and I tell you he feels pleased over it. We are having a very long hot spell the thermometer has been at 100° & 103° in the shade. the heat is hurrying things along so much that harvest will be earlier than usual the Orchard & other crops look very well but we are troubled a good deal with Potato [illegible] Marys school would be out last Thursday she has enjoyed herself very well this summer and seems to have got along finely she means to Pick Hops be very saving & try to go to the Madison University the coming Winter whether she will succeed in her plan or not I cannot tell I am afraid it will cost more than she thinks. Henry Reid has got home about a week ago she means to have a talk with him and learn all about it. Anna & Joanna's schools will not be out for a little while yet I do not know what their plans are. Father still thinks of selling but whether he will get a buyer or not is a problem. Maggie [illegible] & Andrew Emerton are at last divorced. the last news is that James Brown has whipped and abbused Me[illegible] so much that she has has to leave him John Foster & Willie Weir went & brought her & her little boys home what people there as in this world Dan. I trust that I shall hear from you soon also that your health is better from your affectionate sister Sarah


[in margin: I wrote you last January. you have not answered yet. Sarah]

Mound Hill July 12th /68

My Dear Brother Dan -

I would like to know if you have forgotten that you have a sister called Sarah I do not think you had as late as last Christmas by the stirring appeal you sent. coming upon me like a thunderbolt it sent me to writing in a hurry. And now you are trying me again by your silence (enough). Maggie has been staying with me over a week she received your letter while here so that I had a chance to hear of your welfare. you mention Johns long silence we have all wearied and waited anxiously for a letter from him. only two or three days ago we were all cheered by the news that a letter has reached Portage for mother from California. we have had no chance to hear the news yet but


Mound Hill [Wisc.]

Date Original

1868 Jul 12

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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