Mary Muir Hand


Mary [Muir Hand]


John Muir



Kearney, Nebr..

March 6/92

Dear brother John:

How unsociable we are – “uncorresponding” perhaps we might say. This condition of things is hardly necessary seems to me – and neither enjoyable nor profitable. In the first months after coming to Nebraska I wrote two letters to you – but had no answer from them. Your time is much taken up I know, and is so much more valuable than mine – that I have but little claim to any of it – but I should very much enjoy hearing from you again. My health is now very good. I am about as strong and well as when a girl – but am doing all of my work – and have little time for anything outside of what home-duty



brings me – little time for reading or study and little time for pictures – but am hoping such will not be the case very long – and that some day I may do something with my brush that will be for you – and that will please you. I was sick much of the time after going to northern Wisconsin and had little ambition or strength for work of any kind – but now am so well my fingers tingle for time to handle brushes – Annie writes me of the grand present you sent mother. I shall hope to get sight of it sometime – or of one as fine so it s. Maggie mentions that you and some of your family have had “La Grippe” I trust that you are quite recovered


Fortunately we have all escaped that “fashionable disease” for which we are very thankful. There has been a great deal of it here. How does Maggie seem to enjoy California – and do you think she improves in health? Give my love to sister Louie – and your children also. I am only a little acquainted with them – through what others write and say of them but wish it were otherwise – should like to have personal acquaintance with them.

With much love,

Sister Mary.



Kearney, Neb

Date Original

1892 Mar 6


Original letter dimensions: 22 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0468

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