D[avid] G[ilrye] Muir


[John Muir]


[letterhead] 01126 [1]

19 Feb 6 1884

Dear Brother John

Your letter was recd about a week ago. I was very glad to hear from you. Am very sorry you failed to visit us when you had made up your mind to do so, we are all quite well except Katie. She has been ailing for several years & is rather worse of late. My family is pretty well grown up Carrie is in her 20th year & [Annie?] in her 17th. both are a great deal larger than their mother, [Willie?] is 14 & Johnnie 11 year old & you may be sure they are a great care & responsibility So much going on in a town

[letterhead] 0126 [3] No 2

Cap Russell has returned from [Sh illegible] Cliff a week ago. he is in [illegible]the [illegible]now. [illegible] 3/4 of [illegible] & all of the [illegible]. She says he made a thousand dollars for the company by so doing. he is absolutely certain that [illegible] will down by a [mile?] perfected before long, which is all we are waiting for. he says our group-[illegible] -all in a lump [illegible]is the finest property in the cliff. It has also been proved that nearly all of the ones there enjoy about $25 to the ton in [illegible] besides their silver. He thinks a great deal of the Indian chief & want to fat it [illegible] he is quite certain that is as good as the [illegible] mine. [in margin: Remember me kindly to the girls & boys. DGM]


like this, that is is hard keeping them all straight

We do our [share?] of the business here & keep a good assortment of funds & stand well in the community. but we have to sell on small margins & have to pay [stuck out word] interest on so much of our capital that we make very little headway & that makes us feel that we must economize & stay at home & work every day of the year almost, we are thinking of giving up mens clothing & lighten -ing our load of [care?] & runn -ing with less expense.

Sister Annie reports herself improving. I saw late letters from Mary & Joanna at mothers last Sunday they are real well


adjoining, as all you that the [illegible] vein runs almost through it & in working the assessment he found we had a [illegible] deformed vein which holds exactly like the [illegible] at the same depth. So we are all doubly encouraged & full of hope & confidence We have not [seen copy yet?] Since this autum, will wrote you again when we do. We put up $80.00 each in Dec & have all our property [illegible] [for?] another year. When I got him I will send you your [illegible] & try [illegible]of our accts again. Do you know how much money you paid for me on my [illegible] land in Lincoln last year [question mark?] answer this also [illegible] pretty good. Sold [mm?] goods last year [illegible] for 4 or 5 [illegible] Yours truly D [illegible] [Muir?]


Portage, Wis

Date Original

1884 Feb 6


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0031

Collection Identifier

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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