Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]
P. O. [illegible] 356
Portage Dec m r [sub and super scripts] 30th 1884
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
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
1884 Dec 30
Original letter dimensions: 39.5 x 13 cm.
Muir, Ann Gilrye, "Letter from Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir] to John Muir, 1884 Dec 30." (1884). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1582.
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