[Ann G. Muir]
With much pleasure I enclose this bill that each of the dear children may have a small present from me on Christmas with love
I am glad tha tbusiness is as good and that Davids health has improved so much I will hope to hear oftener from some of you than I have done. So with all the comp -liments of the season and with love to all I close Affectionately Mother
Portage Dec. 16th 1885
I gladly received your letter of Novr 27th and am much pleased to know that you are all enjoying good health from the oldest to the youngest 'what a blessing" How many blessings are showered upon us every day of our life by our Kind Heavenly Father How glad we were to have John with us again for a little while after such a long absence and how wonderful it seemed to be that so many of the family could be
gathered together around their father at the time when their presence was so greatly to be desired his death seems a loud call to me specially that I may be found ready also for the great change.
Daniel enjoyed his visit at your home very much and was delighted with the children his trip seemed to do him a great amount of good his daughter Carrie is expected home on the 19th of this month for a months vacation. his family are all well and gets along very well Annie is a very nice gril
 and is a good housekeeper she has been taking lessons in painting of which she is very fond and has painted some very nice pictures
Annie [L?] seems to be enjoying her visit to California very much she is feeling better and she writes that they have had a rainy time with which every one seems to be much pleased they have plants and flowers blooming out of doors all the year round
Lately we have had more storms with high winds and deep drifts
1885 Dec 16
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Muir, Ann G., "Letter from [Ann G. Muir] to Emma [Muir], 1885 Dec 16." (1885). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1654.
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