Sarah [Muir Galloway]


John Muir




Portage, Wis. March 15th /85

Dear Brother John.

I suppose while we are still shivering amind the frost and snow you are enjoying the blossoms and the [warmer?] sun- shine. we have had an extremely cold winter, the worst I can rem- ember and I have many times been glad that you decided to put off your visit until the summer for we that are accustomed to cold weather could hardly endure it, and besides Louie and Wanda may be able to come with you now. We are all hoping and [trusting?] that nothing will hinder you this time. In you last letter you were wondering if we had a fireplace yet


well, there is two of them in this house, one upstairs, and the other in the parlor, but they are built for grates and although they are all that is required for [warming?] a room in the fall or spring they are of little use in the real cold weather all that have them here close them and set up a stove in winter. We were surprised a few weeks ago by a visit from [William?] Sanderson, it is the first time he has been in Wis - since he went away about twenty six years ago. His oldest daughter is married and living in Milwaukee, he was up with her, and so thought it would be a fine thing to come this way and see some of the old place and friends. I should not have known him, but after he was with us a while he looked more natural. He went up to the old neighboorhood but no one


knew him by sight. [Davie Laylon?] asked him if he was John Muri. I have always corresponded with Isabella, so you may be sure the visit was very interesting. [David Gray?] you will remember was editor of the Buffalo Currier for a great many years. the work proved too hard for him, and he broke down suddenly, the Doctors [hirried?] him off to Europe as his only hope, his wife and family went with him ["when" struck out] he was so ill that he knew nothing of the voyage. they went to different places of interest staying about two years when he returned to American, although he has been home for some time he is still unable to do any work. Johnny is still in the candy business and is growing sick, he has about a hundred and fifty employees in the work. Have you even heard


from[William Frost?] he with his family have settled in Milwaukee, David had a card from him last summer he wished your address. Mother was here with us more than a month. she was taken suddenly ill, and David brought her up, she staid until she was well and the weather milder. I wanted her to come and stay with us all through the cold weather but she kept staying at home until she was sick. We are trying to find a house arranged so that we can both have our rooms; in that way I think it will be more pleasant for us both. Anna and [Celea?] think of both going out to teach the coming summer, so we will be a very small household for a while. [illegible] were much easier for a little while but the last two weeks have fuun very trying ones for [him? her?]. I send love to Louie and Wanda. tell L- I would be very glad to receive a few words from her. Lovingly Sarah


Portage, Wis

Date Original

1885 Mar 15


Original letter dimensions: 40 x 12.5 cm.

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

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