Sarah [Muir Galloway]


Dan[iel H. Muir]


Portage Wis Oct- 13th/85-

Dear brother Dan

David was here last night and told me that you said of I could only tell you and significance is [illegible] as possible that you felt sure you could give me something to help me. I have had this trouble with my side as long that I have been thinking there was no help for me, for I think that all the [illegible] missing and pain; that I have endured must have been brought on in the first place by the heat, [illegible] it may have been that caused me to break down is utterly when I was a girl. whether or not I have had trouble since then. The pain is in the left side, a [illegible] forward and just at the waist, it is better at sometimes then [illegible] is never well. There is often a good deal of [illegible] back and forward about the [place?]

[difficult to read handwriting]

sometimes I think it seems like wind, and sometimes it seems like some bid [illegible], but there is no enlargement, there is a good deal of throbbing, sometimes on the left, sometimes forward and lower, but always somewhere on that side, it sometimes seems as if there was a [illegible] inside, causing a burning pain, and when more than usual ([illegible] both up and down and [around ?] to my back a feeling of helplessness in the whole side from my [illegible] to my toes: a year ago when I was so terribly overdone my side was as bad that I could not walk through this floor without holding on to things as I passed (and was quite lame, and then I was so [illegible] and stupid. It is only at times [illegible] it is so very bad. still I have had to spend a good deal of time in bed this summer and [illegible]a good deal more waling is one of the things I cannot indulge in so that I have [illegible] confessed to the house it always makes [illegible]sometimes [illegible] a little. [Leaning?] down, when my side is bad my kidneys are often affected and my heart at times seems to beat very [illegible]. but I suppose that is from weakness. I have

been troubled every minute from sleeplessness [illegible] lately I have been [slowly?] better most of the time. a wet cloth often soothes my side and I sometimes use Neu[illegible - Neubotal?]. I have also used Belladonna plasters on my side and back. Just now my appetite is usually pretty good.

I do not know whether there is any thing more I can tell you. you can ask me questions. I shall be thankful for any suggestion and will be glad to hear from you.

(think [illegible] how glad (we [illegible] to known that so many of the family were gathered together at Kansas City to see and be with father for a time again. it must have been a great comfort for him to see you all again, and now he is at rest, his life work done. One by one the dear ones are leaving us. how glad I should have been to see him once more. Mother felt that she could not endure the journey and all the excitement. [illegible] so John has

some and you again, we had a grand visit and I [illegible] you all had in Neb. I hope he will be improved in health and go home feeling as much better as Maggie and I were after our visit to California. David tells me how well you are looking, I am glad you have so fully regained your helath. [illegible] and the children too are well. Mary left us this morning she is quite delighted to think she is going home feeling so much better and stronger. Mother wishes to be remembered to you all. she is as well as usual. Anna is teaching school again Celia and [illegible] are well. Give my love to Emma and the children.

Affectionately Sarah.


Portage, Wisc.

Date Original

1885 Oct 13


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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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