Sarah [Muir Galloway]


[John Muir]


I will send the seeds in this letter the specimens I will send in a newspaper


have been passed around, [&?] a part will be absent again, but I assure you there will be much loving remembrance and fond wishes accompanied by earnest prayers for the best of Heavens blessings to rest on the head of our dear Brother in Cal- we have many many blessing to be thankful for and I am sure one of them is, that though scatered in the world we can ex- change words of love and sympathy with each other, which wonderfully shortens the distance. Father & Mother were here a few days ago. they seem well and happy. Anna & Joanna were well also Mother said that Father had sent money and an invitation to Mary to meet with us on christmas I trust she will be able to come if the weather is good I should not wonder if Maggie & John also David & Kattie with their families were there. Now I must again say good bye with many warm wishes for your true happiness and prosperity. Affectionately (I wish you a happy Christmas Sarah and many happy return's of it if I am ahead of the time.) 00553

David spoke to the Ennis Boys about the Fountain Lake forty and [illegible] their knowing [that?] you were willing to give they do not think of selling it for less than $10 per acre. David gives it as his opinion that cattle & Hogs could hardly be kept out and so thought of doing nothing untill he heard from you Sarah

Nov 19th /71 [1]

My Dear Brother
Once more I have gathered my writing material together to write a few lines to my wandering brother far away among the rocks and mountains in and around the Yo Semite how often I imagine I can see you seated amid the wonderful scenery, admiring, studing, and writing. This has seemed to me one of the busiest summers I ever passed through, whither it has been so, or whither it has only seemed so I cannot tell, but when worn and sick and weary at the close of it how I longed for a ramble with you whose words and thoughts were always as fresh as the woods themselves. How are you succeeding with the work you have engaged in. I am already looking forward to reading of it with plesant anticipation I assure you. You told


me in one of your last letters you would like some seeds of the Fringed Gentian, the Harebell and water Lily, of the first two I have succeeded in procuring a few seeds but as I could not get the Lily seed myself I selected Frank [En. Brunt?] and Guy Whitney as boys that are oftener on the river than any other boys I know, but neither have brought me any seed Guy W. says the seed stalks are under water in the Fall but thought he could get some in the spring. tell me how it is, as I do not know how they mature their seed. I will send what I have, and perhaps I may get the others another time. What kind of a season have you had in California? I think the past summer has been none of the most remarkable that has been experien- ced in a long time, the heat and drouth in the early spring, and the hail storms later has made sad work of the crops in this part of the country generaly we never saw such hail and the wind


blowing a perfect hurricane threw down fences unroofed houses &, Barn's and O the windows that were broken, while in the woods trees and branches were broken and scattered but in some places much worse that others, but all this can bear no com- parison to the terrible loss of life and property caused by the fires that have desolated such a large portion of the country surely nothing could show us more forcibly the utter insecurity of all earthly possessions may we my dear Brother be enabled to lay up our treasure in heaven where it will be perfectly secure. Decr 17th I find that nearly a month has passed since I commenced this letter I am sure I did want to send it off long ago but I find so much to hurry me along day after day that my letter writing goes on slowly. It will soon be Christmas again, another year will soon have passed over our heads since a part of our little band gathered around the long table, at the old home. again the invitations


Mound Hill, [Wisc]

Date Original

1871 Nov 19


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0585

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