Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir


Portage April 21st 1885

Dear John

It hardly seems possible that it is a year since I wrote to you on your birth day before. and yet it has brought considerable changes to us all. I hope it has been a happy and profitable year to you and that you have many yet to enjoy

How very rapidly one year after another flies away leaving its impress upon us both in body and mind and how needful it is that we should look beyond this transitory


_ state of things_ to the unchangable happy land beyond _ to which we are all fast hastening if we are among the faithful

So Katies sufferings here are all ended she often talked to them all about what she wished them to do after she was gone.

Poor David looks so sad and is only the shadow of his former self but he talks much [composed?] with the children. Carrie is very bright and is 20 years of age and is a good [house before?].

Annie is seventeen and is studying very hard as she expects to graduate


this summer. and the two boys are both good scholars for their age their mother assisted them very much with their studies

While I was sick I stayed with Sarah for four weeks and them came back to my own home but she has moved to a larger house, and I am goin to have rooms with her her two Daughters are both teaching this summer so she will only have one at home

I go rather reluctantly so far up on Prospect Hill [illegible] as I am not quite capable of taking the long walks


that I used to enjoy so much but now I am doubting if I will be able to get to church or Post Office but I still have many blessings and comforts to be thankful for

Give my love to Wanda and tell her how much I prized the many bright blossoms she sent me

I am still hoping to see you before very long.

With much love to dear Louie and yourself I close Affectionately Mother



Portage, [Wisc]

Date Original

1885 Apr 21


Original letter dimensions: 40 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0236

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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