Mary Muir Hand


[Mary Muir Hand]


[John Muir]


(4) The sun shines mainly in the window and my house plants enjoy it - and are looking well that - is all the summer we see -- [The?] letters from Annie tells us that she is slowly but surely recovering from her long difficulty but - has been quite sick from an influenze that is prevailing

Poor girl she seems to have enough without - anything more.

They tell one that brother is real well. [How?] good it - is - And a letter from [Joanne?] in- forms us that - Father is well although he keeps his bed most of the time. He complains of great- weakness in his back and limbs. Joanna's [health?] quite good now - from what she tells no 01125

(1) Phillips Wis. Feb. 8. /84.

Dear Brother John

Your welcome greeting came to me [much too?] late to be appreciated and we trust that the months to come in /84 will bring us less of anxiety - than the month that has passed-

Happiness has not been lacking but we have been very anxious sometimes over our little Howard who has been sick - He is nearly well again and [once?] you receive this will likely be quite well. He has not been real well for five or six weeks.

Willis has been sick too


was confined to his room for several weeks but is attending to business again. Is your family well, is your own health good? How I long to see you. You quite surprised me with the thought of there being even a chance of seeing you this winter. Oh! that you could have come-I should want to look and look and look at you! May your [in margin: coming] not be far distant.

You ask me to come to you. Yes I hope to do so some time. but that time seems a good way off - when I have the care of two little ones - with them even a trip to [Nortage?] [to struck out] to see Mother seems quite an undertaking. I hope


to make Mother a visit in May if all is well -

My plan is to visit [illegible] once a year but [this struck out] it will be a year and a half since my last visit-. When in Portage I shall try to get some good pictures of [Whelan?] and [Howard?] and of myself also - If I do I will not fail to send you some. What we have of Whelan are not to my liking or you should have had some.

You tell us of singing birds and green grass - while we see ice and snow. Not many days ago it was no less than 46 degrees below zero Mercury was frozen. It is not nearly as cold now but we are having brisk winter weather


Phillips, Wis

Date Original

1884 Feb 3


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

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Collection Identifier

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

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