John Muir


John Muir


David [Gilrye Muir]


[in margin: Martinez 1884 Family Affairs]] 01151


Martinez, Dec 30, 1884

Dear brother David.

I wish you a good lucky & happy New Year full of hope & all the best that Heaven sends.

Im very sorry to hear from time to time that Katie is not at all well & suffers a great deal How great must be always an affliction that lasts from year to year while friends can only sympathize without bringing relief from the actual pain Anna Muir too is coughing again & I feel very anxious about her, & father too is weighed down with poor health as well as years


and so always is the happiness of life mixed with suffereing. And well may we be led to look [illegible] ahead to the better land where no pain or separation is, little though we know about it. I mean to see you all some time this happy new Year. Seeing you after as long a journey in earths wiolent wilderness will make indeed new to me. I could not come now without leaving tyhe ranch to go to wreck a score of workmen without a head & no head to be found though I have looked long for a forman.

Next [mark on page] spring after the [crops?] are [illegible] & [illegible]


etc & the cherry crop sold. I mean to pay off all but half dozen or so & leave things to take their course for a month or two. Cant you send me some good steady feallows to learn this fruit business & take some of the personal supervision off my shoulders such a person could be sure of a job as long as he liked

I want you to write oftener this year than heretofore however briefly. Five minutes a month at least You might devote to me: [eraser mark]

Give Katie my kindest regards & buy some books or anything they may like for the children & charge to my acct, Ever lovingly Your brother John Muir


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1884 Dec 30


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0164

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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