Maggie R. [Margaret Muir Reid]


John Muir



[illegible]little self I fell- when I commenced this that I could not write any thing to interest anybody today and hope you will excuse this awful scribble

Some of our Crete neibhgors. who went to Scotland have returned. and brought me some heather. I will enclose a spring

and now with much love to all

I am as ever affectionately.

Maggie R.



Crete Neb Nov. 26th 1885

My Dear Bro John

I received your kind letter and it is a shame that I have not answered before this time but have been quite busy for some time trying to get all ready for winter.

I was glad to hear of your safe arrival home after so many delay's on the way and that Annie got along so well. and hope that she is still steadily improving in health.

I have been trying to follow to the letter all the directions you gave me, in your kind anxiety about my health. and have swallowed quarts & quarts


of oatmeal tea between [meals?] and done justice to parrich & milk. and taken soemthing stronger at bed time and slept alone too. sometimes I thought I felt stronger. but about 2 nights ago I had one of my worst spells. after going to bed I had a chill especially between my shoulders I got up and took some B[T?] water. and with other means got warm sometime after took another spoonful and droped to sleep. but must hae had a hard fit. by the chill and other bad feelings which comes after. and especially the soreness & stiffness in my limbs with being rigid I suppose. Y the terrible mental depression which is hardest to bear of all. quite a chapter about myself. I hope I have not made you nervous


burn up this letter when you read it please.

This is thanksgiving I wish the Muir family. & families were not so far apart some of our family went to Church & some staid at home today & John went hunting Jack Rabbits part of the day.

I thank you for the letter on the Yellowstone Park it is exceedingly interesting. and wonderful. Mr. Wells is going to print it in our local paper __ I hope you are all well I am sure Louie & Wanda would be glad to see you home again. give me love to Louie. and kiss Wanda for me. tell her auntie would like another letter from her


Crete, Neb

Date Original

1885 Nov 26


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0554

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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