Joanna [Muir Brown]


Sister Mary [Muir Hand]


Kansas City Mo. Nov. 7. 1885.

Dear Sister Mary –

I have been looking for a word from you but will not wait longer fearing that you may not be as well as usual after the fatigue of travel and all you passed through here. Sarah wrote me that you did not remain long in Portage. Maggie and John remained her only one day after you, and John Muir and Annie [started?] the following Wednesday; and as Annie Hanson went home the same day, declaring herself tired out, we were left entirely alone. Walter, Ethel, and [myself?]. It seems inexpressibly desolate.



and so instead of resting I have had to go into the kitchen which has been rather up-hill work, But it has in a measure taken my mind from sadder thoughts as maybe it was for the best after all, for physical weariness is not as hard to bear as mind weariness, I used to like to be alone to think but I do not enjoy it now, I hope it may not continue [thus?]. The paragraph bible which you wished, was forgotten at the last — but Walter says he will send them to you. Ethel asked, a few days after all was over, where her grandpa was and when I told her that he had gone to heaven she


joyfully said – “[Minnie?] would be glad to see grandpa she be lonesome without us,” and I could not but take comfort in the thought The cool weather has seemed to instill new life into Ethel, she has been steadily gaining in weight strength and vigor ever since she had such a cold and has improved in conduct about as she has in spirits. She talks nearly every day about Howard and [Wheler?] and seems to forget that she ever was naughty to them. Mary I hope you will not be long in writing to me as I shall not feel satisfied until I hear from you. With regards to [Willis?]. I am as ever your affectionate sister



I have just recd a letter from Annie who says she endured the journey better than she had feared but was of course very tired and so did not write very lengthily, she seems favorably impressed with the people and surroundings



Kansas City, Mo.

Date Original

1885 Nov 7


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

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