and you know how much work that brings along with it, but it is pretty well along now and I think will be very comfortable when finished. I have been doing rather more then my usual amount of digging making and planting this spring, my tree's and bushes are growing finely and I think repay for all the trouble, my health is rather poor but I manage to be around and help along a little. I keep a girl to do my work and go out of doors a good deal. Maggie has been out here twice lately she still keeps her little poney & buggy and rides out nearly every day I think it does her a great deal of good. Joanna is at home this summer Mother's health is pretty good. I am glad J is at home it seems so lonesome for mother when the girls are all gone still she always seems willing to have it so if the girls would rather Father is very busy you know he never does anything by halves and he is Farming. write soon and send me a little poesy. Grandma Galloway said to tell you that she was glad you are so well and liking the place where you are so well as you seem to from you Affectionate Sister Sarah
Mound Hill May 8th 1870
Dear Uncle John
You said in one of your last letters that you would like me to write to you so I think I will do so now. I am going to school this summer our teacher's name is Georgia Shaw I like her very well. We have a long term of school this summer it being four months and a half. I am getting along nicely with my studies I study Grammer, Geography, Practical Arith- metic, Mental Arithmetic, History and spell- ing.- Mr Van Brunt is building our new house just now so that when you come back we will have a nice big room for you to spread out all your curiosilies when you show them to us and a nice big bed-room for your special benefit. Mother has been sowing her flow- er seed and we have nice times helping her. We have a great many flower shrubs among which are Snowdrop, Snowball, Flowering Almond, Climbing Rose Vauegaled Rose Dansask Rose White Rose Scotch Rose
Blush Rose Persian Lilac White Lilac and Honey suckle. - May 17th Last week the teacher and some of largest scholars went up to the lock which is about a mile from the school house. We ex- -pected to return with a great lot of fish but we did not take any bait expecting to get some when we got there but we could not find any so we had to give it up. We then thought we would have a boatride and after hunting a good long time we found one but the owner would not let us have it so we had to give that up too. then after playing a while longer we started home all well satisfied with the excursion Last night George and I went to a lecture; the man had a "Magic Lantern" which showed forty different pictures of ancient Babylon and also some of the wild animals which now inhabit the place. The first was the picture of an elephant led by a little girl the next a Lioness & cubs. next the Lion next the Leopard next a map of Babylon he said that the wall around the city was 350 feet high and that the city was fifteen miles square. there was a picture of the Hanging gardens, and Old Palace, the New Palace, the [illegible] worshiped by the Babylonians, Daniel in the den of Lions, The feast of Belshazzar and the hand writing on the wall, Da[illegible] besieging the city, the Pyramid on the Nile. the man said that the Pyramids were built of bricks [illegible] glued together with cement which was no thicker than a piece of paper and that it would break most any other where than where the cement was. Then there was the tower of Babel which the people used for an abserbatory and for taking their astronomical observations and other things of equal interest - Her are a few [illegible]opher blows which I pressed a year ago but forgot to send them. I wish you would see Ma's house Rose this morning it has four beautiful Rose's and a great many buds - but I must close now or I will be late for School and that you know would never do. Love your affectionate neice Anna -
May 17th /70
My Dear Brother Annie has begun this letter and it seems hard telling when she will finish it. Now as I know that you want to see this picture I am going to help it along by filling up one side. This is I think a perfect picture of Mother still I think it would have looked better if it had been taken smaller. Now remember when you acknowledge this please do so to me as Father likes to see your letters and you know it would not do for him to know of this. [illegible] I thank you for that kind brotherly letter you sent me last. I have read it over and over and have not done yet, it smells of flowers and tells of loving remembrance, David is very busy this spring we are building [this?] an [illegible] to the [illegible] and of our house
Mound Hill, [Wisc]
1870 May 8
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Galloway, Anna, "Letter from [Anna Galloway] to John Muir, 1870 May 8." (1870). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1336.
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