Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]
at our last Christmas gatherings many were the kind wishes and loving thoughts [waylaid?] to the valley of Yosemite I am glad you are not apt to wander or feel lost on the mountains. I trust the Lord will ever keep you in all your goings out and your coming in at all times. He neither slumbers nor sleeps, but ever Keeps those in safety, that put their trust in him,. I want to thank you for the fern and pretty little flower you sent in July and now Dear John I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance, among all them that are sanctified - from your affectionate Mother 00574
 Farm Febry. 26 th/72
I have received your very welcome letter telling us of your times of quiet and rest, that you now enjoy - since the bustle of so many visitors to the valley is over - we have rather a severe winter the snow is much deeper than it has been for some years - we were surprised to hear your father say that he had decided to sell the farm, and every thing he had on it by Auction - so he is at present engaged in putting up bills of sale the sale to take place on Tuesday the 5th of March -
he says he will not decide on where he will go, until the sale is over - perhaps we may not move at all - It seems very strange that a man would come to our house and say that he left you at Blacks Hotel on the 2d of Jany. - for nine days he gave us lectures about you and the valley - until Sarah received your letter dated 17th Jan.y which gave us to know that he was an impostor then we got rid of him as quietly and quickly as possible. I suspected him on the second day of his visit and told Anna what I thought of him, but she rebuked me so sharply that
I tried to think I was wrong but never could - we have just had a letter from Mary she is well and likes her studies, Joanna is still teaching but will be done in two weeks - the rest of the family are well as far as I know- I presume you are quite busy with your studies - writing your book, I feel much interested in all that interest you, although in many of your studies you leave me far behind yet I rejoice in all your joy, and hopes of future advancement. I am glad you enjoy such a good measure of health. You were much talked about and thought about
Farm [Hickory Hill, Wisc]
1872 Feb 26
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.
Muir, Ann Gilrye, "Letter from Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir] to John Muir, 1872 Feb 26." (1872). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1431.
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