Maggie R. [Margaret Muir Reid]
neighbors have cattle ranches there, I do not like the idea of spreading business so far
I had a letter from Mother a day or two ago she seems to be pretty well. but said that there was nothing encouraging to write about Katie or David Galloway Poor David it tires him to walk across the floor now he has sent John some of his money to invest in property here for [Sarah?], what great changes in our family since we were with you. Sister Anne keeps writing good news about her health. I hope she will get well I supposed you have got your house and ranch all fixed to suit you now, how I would like to take a walk with you [&?] Louie and see all your improvements& then go and see the Dr. & Mrs. Strentzel once more I hope they are well [question mark?] and now with much love to them & lots to Louie & Wanda & your self I am Your Sister Maggie R.
[in margin: Remember me to Mr. [Magce's?] folks also to Mr & Mrs [Sweet?] when you see them & please write soon MR.] 
Crete Neb Sept 3 rd 1884
My Dear Brother John
It seems a long time since I have had a word from you & I am hungring & thirsting for a letter to know how you all area. & how you are prospering. I think some of my letters must have been lost, as I think I have sent two since I have heard from you & you have always been so prompt heretofore. . I was thrown out of the buggy on my right shoulder & arm about four weeks ago. and can write very little at a time as it is quite weak and painful yet, especially in
the [weight?] which makes me think that something like neuralgie must have set in. The way it happened was: I had got the horse turned round & was very near the side fo the road where was quite a ditch. at that moment something frightened the horse & she bounded to the edge. & over we went.- buggy & horse was thrown too. just then a lame trampe appeared which we think had been in the long grass and frightened the horse (the lady that wrode with me escaped with a bruise on one limb, my shoulder was knocked out a little but sprung back again. I was taken home & Dan sent for. but no bones were broken & I was thankful to get off so easy.
And so you have
been to the Yosemite Valley again and Louie with you what a glorious time you must have had I hope you both feel better for your trip. and how did wee Wanda get along without her [Mamie?] I suppose she is growing fast & we would know a great different on her, give her a kiss for me I wonder if she remembers us yet. when is Louie & yourself coming to make that long looked for visit And so you have had a visit from Willis Hand he did not have time to stop as he went home we are all pretty well John is in Chicago now. he took a trip to Montana this summer to look over the cattle prospect there. Some of ou
1884 Sep 3
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24.5 cm.
Reid, Margaret Muir, "Letter from Maggie R. [Margaret Muir Reid] to John Muir, 1884 Sep 3." (1884). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1571.
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