J[oanna Muir Brown]


Sister Mary [Muir Hand]


Kansas City Mo. Feb. 22. 188[5?]

Dear Sister Mary:_

I have never yet told you how much pleasure your letter, contain ing an assurance of a visit from you and fam ily next summer, gave me and continues to give, I am delighted with the pros- pect and am [illegible] it will do us all good.

If John also [illegible] with a sight of himself we shall have an un- usual summer, shall we



when you come, My eyes are so much stronger now and myu hand so much [illegible] than it used to be that I begain to hope to be able to improve myself in various ways before very long, that is when the children got a little older.

The little ones are well and happy Minnie is growing fat and sweet and reminds me of little Gracie, she has the same quit dignified manner, (You remember what I mean)



not? Willis is about to buy a pony and [illegible] do in shall have [illegible] opportunity of seeing the sights of the city with you for you must know that we live two miles from the center of the city and thus far I have seen but comparatively little my- self [two words struck out] The art &[illegible] here are quite worth visiting and no doubt you will enjoy them and profit by them also. By the way I am hoping to try my hand with the [illegible] some time and may be you can give out [illegible] ideas

4. Ethel grows more and more like her papa both in appearance and dispo- sition. Thought perhaps you may not thnk she resembles him when you see her.

Annie is [illegible]again (she was not at all well for a while, having taken a severe cold) and was pretty comfortable and cheerful. She may return with John when he goes home through [she?] has not quite decided what she will do.

Father is very well through always in bed.


Tell [illegible] that Auntie J. was much pleased with his letter and will be very glad to see him when he comes to K.C. I suppose he is quite a little [man?] and becoming something new every day. I am glad you are all enjoying better health this winter there is a typhoid fever epidemic prevailing in the city at present and is proving very serious, twelve I think have died from the disease

[stamped envelope turned sideways: Mr. Willie Hand [illegible] Wisconsin 2/22/85 Joanna [Price O.?]]

6 during the past week.

Have you heard from Mrs. Evans of [illegible] [illegible] lately. She used to write to me occasionally but I have not heard from her for a long time. If you write to her please tell her she is owing me a letter and that I would be pleased to hear again. Also give her our number.

Ethel sends kisses to her little cousins and Annie and Joanna send[s struck out] love to you hoping soon to hear from you again kindest regards to Willis

As ever J.


Kansas City, Mo.

Date Original

1885 Feb 22


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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