Annie L. M[uir]
very free. Now I think I have made my case very plain to you; Am almost as- hamed of taking up a whole letter with self.
Maggie has gone to Kanses City to visit Joanna & Father. Her health has been very poor this winter; she will be back in a week or two.
You came very near visiting us. But "Almost" is but [illegible]
With love to your Loui and little Wanda, I close Your [Off.?] [Sister?] Annie L. [illegible]
Crete, Feb. 14. 1884.
Dear Brother John
I know that a letter from me is more than due you, but I have delayed for two reasons, first I find writing very fatiguing; and I did not know what to say - was waiting for developments but I have not gained as much as I had hoped for during the winter, and now see plainly that I cannot hope to make California in the spring. Indeed I have been patiently waiting for strength to go to Kansas City, which has not yet come, and that is only about 200 miles; so you see Cal. is
(2) yet far beyond my strength. So I must be content just where I am for the present.
[Darren?] was here about a month ago and re-examined my lungs. The left lung he still says is quite sound, and the right-one doing well.
Last October he said the lower lobe of the right, was entirely consolidated, or [kepatized?], and the middle lobe partially so. At his last visit he said, that the lowest lobe had partly cleared itself and that the process is go- ing on ?] and in other parts. Such was his very encouraging report a month ago, but I took cold, or something I hardly know what, and have not been as well since - have coughed more, and the cough hurt me more than before - and I have
(3) been raising a little blood. Now I fear all this looks very discouraging, and discouraged to you.
Think not so.
The weather has been very cold and unfavorable this month 10 degrees below zero yesterday, wtih a cloudy sky most of the time Now I think that with milder dryer weather, I will quickly improve.
I sit up most of the time. Generally from about 10 A.M. till 7 or 8 P.M. take care of my own room, do a little light fancy work take short walks tc._ My appetite is good, and I have not lost weight since coming to Neb. Dan. Says this damp climate is just the thing for me, as my cough is loose, expectoration
1884 Feb 14
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Muir, Annie L., "Letter from Annie L. M[uir] to [John Muir], 1884 Feb 14." (1884). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1555.
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