Sarah [Muir Galloway]


[John Muir]



[in margin: Has Merril Moses's gone home, or is he still with you. how did he enjoy his visit, is he the same impulsive [illegible] boy he used to be or [has he?] sobered down yet, I should like to see him again]

to see either Davids Wife, or Dan's, but she would give a good deal to see [underlined: yours]. Grand Ma Galloway keeps wonderfully well considering all things, her health seems even better than last summer. She is always much pleased to hear about you, and speaks of you every time I see her. she told me to tell you that she is very grateful for your remembrance of her, the others of of the family are usually well, but they have had quite a trial lately. Mr Love came from Scotland for little Johnnie and he having been petted, and played with and cared for by everyone in the family, seems to have wound himself so firmly around their hearts that they can hardly be [in margin: 580] comforted. They have heard however that he has safely arrived in S[illegible] and joined his sisters. How are you getting along John - are you comfortable and happy but I suppose I need hardly ask for I should draw from your letters that you are as happy as the day is long. I imagine somehow that you will be much changed in appearance since we saw you, and sometimes [illegible] if you do not [underlined: sometimes] visit civilized places so that you could have a picture taken to send to us if you do, you must not forget, like a dear good boy. I trust you have received a pair of woolen socks that I started off in your direction about five weeks ago, they may replace one of those pair's that have such awful big holes in them, and keep your feet warm while wandering among the rocks and snow. Here is a picture of George I will send. I think it pretty good, I have also one of [Celiey?] that I will send another time they were taken less than two week's ago. David says he has no news to send, he is lying on the grass at the soon cracking hickory nuts, which occu- pation seems to agree with him much better than writing letters. The children will perhaps write next time, they were very much pleased with your last letters to them, and [underlined: I also] appreciate your kindness to them when you have so many things to think about. do not be very long in letting us hear from you, and again good bye my Dear Brother



Mound Hill Octr 27th /72

My Dear Brother

Again I endeavor to span the distance between us to have a talk with you this beautiful quiet Sabbath morning. I have reproached myself many times for being so long in writing to you, but visions of [underlined: sewing], [underlined: knitting] or [underlined: work] in some form or other has kept hurrying me along, making me [underlined: seem] a very forgetful Sister, but better late then never. John, only do not "pay me back in my own Coin. We have been moving along about as usual through the past summer. Anna helping me in the house and George his Father in the fields. and I assure you neither of us have been very idle, but we may be thankful we have all had such good health as we have, for there has been more sickness around us [underlined: this] [underlined: Fall] than any other I can think of, and 00630


indeed all over the country. I presume you have heard of Fathers sickness. Mother says she does not think he was ever so sick in his life, he would not hear of any Doctor coming to see him so that the folks hardly knew what to do, as he seemed to grow worse every day, but Dan-came to see him and he willingly took his medicine the girls wrote I suppose every day and they had letters back as often with prescriptions. he seems to be gathering strength very slowly but I trust he will soon be well again. Dans visit was so short that I did not see him at all, he seems to be getting along un- commonly well, he has bought a house, and I suppose will have moved into it by this time. Mother says he looks worse and weary having to work so hard. David Muir has been very sick too, not being able to attend to the store at all, for some time, he has been riding out in the country a good deal lately which seems to be helping him greatly


The Firm, have bought a Horse and Buggy now and I think will not co[illegible] them- selves to business as closely as they have done We have had a long, pleasant visit from Mary the past summer, she was looking much better than she did the summer before, and seems to be enjoying very good health, she seems to be getting along very nicely at the University, and was looking forward with much pleasure to another years study, expecting to accomplish much in that time. I also had about a weeks visit from your old Friend Jane Mitchell, now Mrs Root. she looks very motherly indeed with her two little boy's, we were talking about you, and she said, she never could think of you as looking any other way, than you did when you run down the side walk in Madison with Jessie on your back and she and Mimmie after you with their pop- gun's, and they had such good times playing with you. She says she has no particular curiosity


Mound Hill, [Wisc.]

Date Original

1872 Oct 27


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 02, Image 0981

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