J[oanna Muir Brown]
Mary and Willis [Hand]
 [in margin: 4/20/84]
I felt quite [cheered?] about him and presumed to enjoy the rest and quiet here very much and Annie says seemed better for it after she went home. We had a [illegible] visit.
Annie brought the picture she has of your [Whelen?] and little Dott has fallen in love with it. She goes and points to it as it lies on the table and when allowed to take it she fairly rains kisses on it make smack after smack on it and [smiles?] and laughs as if her joy was complete. She can say almost any single word and has fist [illegible] putting two together. [stricken] she is standing looking out of the window and first [illegible] us by saying "[illegible]" when a [illegible] went by. I did not know that she knew the name [illegible]
I was very much interested in the Phillips news which you [stricken] mentioned we do not take the Phillips paper now. Did you hear of Lottie Jackson's marriage and of Mrs. Bryans death? I am glad you are all better again. I [illegible] you may continue in [illegible] I wish [stricken] I could meet you in Portage this year and how I wish I could see [illegible] again. With love and more love I am as ever Your loving sister J [in margin: Joanna]
 [in margin: A day or two ago Father said "I would like very well to see Mary but I cannot bother to write" another time he said "I by no means forget her" and always seems to think of you with affection. He is very well and happier than ever he gets [illegible] and sits up several hours then goes back to bed before dinner. Hope to hear from you soon. J. I omitted to say that the other two pictures also came safely and looked prettier than ever. We will have them all nicely framed soon.]
Kansas City Mo Apr. 22. 1884.
Dear Mary and Willis
I have been intending to write to you every since Annie came which was on the 9th [illegible] but the days have seemed full of work and talk until now. You know she brought you our longed for picture and I have wanted to tell you my thanks Mary. I think it looks very much as I expected it to look from recollections of it as you commenced it in Phillips and I shall always be exceedingly glad to possess it. I like the upper part of the face better than 24
the [brow?] and I think that can be made right when you make us the visit of which you wrote in your last letter. the nose looks rather too narrow I think. The work is beautiful and I can easily imagine the loving carefulness you bestowed upon it.
Oh Mary you are always asso- ciated in my mind with those blissful days of [possession?] and those sad sad days and I thinnk gratefully of you and Willis too. But I have come to think very calmly of dear little Gracie for as time passes, it seems more and more a reality that she is not dead but gone before and that she is not far away but very
[near?] and I sometimes [dream?] to find her close be- side me. I do not believe the spirit world is half so far away as we used to im- agine and I think death only takes the veil from our mor- tal eyes that we may see as we are seen. Oh how I would enjoy a talk with you.
Well you want to hear about Annie. She is certainly far from well but has perfect assurance of returning health and so is very [illegible]. I sup- pose she will write for herself. She [illegible] very much as she always does. You asked about Maggie, she looked better I thought than when I last saw her in [Wis.?] and
Kansas City, Mo.
1884 Apr 22
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Brown, Joanna Muir, "Letter from J[oanna Muir Brown] to Mary and Willis [Hand], 1884 Apr 22." (1884). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1560.
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