J[oanna Muir Brown]


Mother [Ann G. Muir] Sarah [Galloway] & Annie [Muir]


[in margin: The heat is so intense that [illegible] feels very weak. Mother your kind letter was [daily read?] Annie would you [pray?] for the little blue [illegible]]


Kansas City Mo. July 27, 1885

Dear Mother and Sarah and Annie [to?]

i know you are anxious to hear from us and I must not be so selfish as to keep you waiting too long. I can write only of that which fills my heart. I think Mother told you how we hastened to the country with our little sick darling, thinking that the change might assist and by strong advice of the doctor. On the way the cool breeze [seemed?] to revive her a little and arriving there at 9:23 22 P.M. we all had a good_


deal of sleep and the next morning she smiled a sweet little faint smile of recognition she had not known us the day before, and [our?] hearts from lighter with hope, but the next day the disease went to the brain this continued as four days then this seemed [illegible]where one month commenced and the [illegible]extended to the stomach and with exhausted powers there was no longer strength left to come out and Tuesday afternoon faintness [stricken word] came on which marked the beginning of the end. she had times of good [illegible] and [illegible] suffering alternating with short rests and de[illegible] the remainder of the day and following night gradually growing weaker

[6] [27 July 1885] in brackets in the margin of page

our lives to help her but how weak we are at such times.

We telegraphed to D.C. and to Mrs. Campbell and they secured a beautiful lot for us in the cemetary and had everything in readiness, the arrival shortly after five P.M. and [illegible] depot to the palace of burial. Annie I wish you had seen Elmwood Cemetary, it is as beautiful, we will have little Gracies remains brought here some time and I trust we may all be laid beside them. I think I have told you all you would wish to know and I feel better for having written you. I will send Annie one of the little dresses as you [illegible] for something of hers. If there is anything else you would prefer, lett me. Yours with love. Joanna


and faith when at 6.30. A.M. she yielded her breath and her sweet little spirit went to the arms of our loving Father, oh, how I wished that my spiritual eyes could be opened that I might see the two little sisters meet in the spirit world and understand they joy and glory of this new home. I [illegible] too if David G. and Katie would be [stricken word] wait- ing to welcome my beloved little lamb.

Annie I told you once that I believe I loved my sweet Minnie well


[27 July 1885]


enough to be willing to see her go out of this world of sorrow into the [illegible]sunshine of God's presence where there are no tears but when the time came all my loneliness, all my self- ishness cried out and it seemed that I could not let her got but I almsot knew [illegible] the ?] that she must for I [illegible]a hundred times to ask for her life but always came away with the same


weight in my heart and the words 'thy will be done on my lips.

How can I ever learn to do without her, how can I ever learn to do without her?

[illegible]for the time to come when we shall all meet in that happy land.

During nearly all of her sickness she seemed to realize everything and with her [illegible] eyes looked appealingly at her papa and at me, we would have given


Kansas City, Mo.

Date Original

1885 Jul 27


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