Sarah [Muir Galloway]


John Muir



[in margin: David has got his barn built & his hay into it he is very pleased about it I must say good bye again let me hear from you [sorry?] Sarah]

Mound Hill August 21st /68

My Dear Brother John

Here is a letter that has been all the way to San Francisco and back again. I presume there is something in it new to you so off it goes again. Mother was here a few days ago and showed me the letter you sent her last. And the only one received from you (by any of us) since last March. Oh how anxiously we have all looked for a California letter in the months past your health being poor and the long silence we knew not what might have happened. And I assure you there has been many a tear shed and many a prayer offered for you. that you might be kept in all your ways and be brought home again. If you had only written one letter saying I have arrived safely and am well how much anxiety you might have saved us all. but enough of this. we have heard from you and are glad



Mr Wisely wondered a good deal at your saying that there was a hundred flowers in Cal - to one here. he thought there was more here than there. I presume the difference lies in his having travel -ed to show his pictures while you are looking for flowers. I wish I had been with you while you were exploring the Yo Semite valley. it must have been great I saw Mr Wesely's fine exhibition of California & other scenery. his views of this valley were beautiful but of course nothing to the reality. You will have heard by this time of Mr Watsons death his family must miss him very much but Mrs Watson seems to bear up well. Anna was down last week helping her to sew. the three girls are all going to hop picking our Anna is going to Pick too. in the yard just by us. she expects to do great things. Do write us a few lines soon the children had each a little piece in the returned letter bu

[in margin: I will not send it as it may be to heavy route [their?] half dozen words when you write to me and it will please them.]



Mound Hill, [Wisc]

Date Original

1868 Aug 21


Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 13.0 cm

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 1242

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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