Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir


P. O. [illegible] 356

Portage Dec m r [sub and super scripts] 30th 1884

Dear John

I have not wrote to you for some time but I have been resting on your promise of being here during the winter and somehow I ecspected to see you by Christmas consequently I have looked for you every day for weeks.

So now I thought I must write to know if you and family were well and when you thought you would arrive in Portage

I hope you have all enjoyed this festive season

[illegible squiggle]

Christmas Day was a very quiet one with me We have no reunions now but still I enjoy ery many blessings and comforts to be thankful for and I had many presents kindly sent to me

Perhaps you know of the great trial through which David is passing at present _ on account of Katies sore "disease" it goes on slowly but surely she has now to lie down most of the time and seldom complains _ she has many sympathizing friends, and many presents have been sent to her at this time


I think a great deal of those beautiful pictures of different view in the Yosemite Valley that you sent me by Sarah, [squiggle] she is well, and has been very comfortably provided for _ she lives not very far from "Fosters" and as they have a carriage she goes out to ride with them at times. and Davids' father lives at "Fosters" he is now 83 years of age, and still very well_

With this letter I will mail for you a small package which is a "Present" to my dear Granddaughter_


with my kindest wishes and love, which I hope she will like_ perhaps I may live to see both her and her dear mother

I will now close wishing all of you the compliments of the season

Very affectionately Mother

[in margin: 535]

With sincere love to your beloved Wife and my daughter



Portage, [Wisc]

Date Original

1884 Dec 30


Original letter dimensions: 39.5 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0168

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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