Joanna [Muir Brown]


[John Muir]



Kansas City, Mo. Jan. 26, '84

Dear brother John-

I was very glad to receive another letter from your hand; how cheering are these little messages from our loved ones, and a glimpse now and again into other hearts and homes seems to brighten our own, when the glimpses have sunshine in them. I trust your next effort to visit us will meet with no obstacle in the way, I can scarcely imagine how good it would be to see your face again, and yet I seem to see it distinctly whenever I think of you.


[in margin: Walter is in Chicago on business but I expects him soon. Father sends love to you both. Maggie is coming to see us soon. What sort of summers do you have. Are they comfortable as regards warmth or are they very hot. Ethel is well and happy and full of song and is growing as fast as she can.]

We have had a very cold winter, much colder than I had any idea of its being in this climate., but I suppose it is universal. the thermometer indicated 26 below zero at one time. I suppose you would not enjoy a Wisconsin winter now.

How delightful that your little Wanda can cheer her grandpa and grandma with her sweet baby voice even when they are not with you, I am [sure?] it will be a great pleasure to them. Kiss the dear little one for Auntie J. and give my love to sister [illegible].

Ever your affectionate sister Joanna 01124


But John I cannot like these Arctic expeditions, It almost makes my hair stand up to think of them. It would all be very fine if they were past and you had acquired the in-formation you desire but it is the awful [going?] that troubles us. I think the world ought to do without the knowledge of these polar regions, for any part I would be glad never to have known that such cold places exist, I don't like cold.

You ask about Annie. Dan did not think it well for her to subject herself to any further change or ex-citement for some time and advised her to remain where she was, so I have not seen her yet but last news of her


was very encouraging, she says there is ["no" inserted later] doubt but that she is decidedly better.

Father is indeed contented and happy at last, he seem to be enjoying an abiding peace with God, he has no other thought or theme and [illegible] and more considerate than I ever knew him, he spends almost all of his time in bed now and complains of great weakness in his back, otherwise I think he is perfectly well.

I recd a letter from [illegible] today who says that [illegible] is [illegible] too, but fears she is lonely thought she does not admit it, [illegible] I wish she could come and stay with me too.


Kansas City, Mo.

Date Original

1884 Jan 26


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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