Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir


Portage Wisconsin Feby 1st 1996

Dear John

Your very interesting letter arrived here this morning and such good news deserve a speedy reply

I heartly congratulate you on having a second daughter added to your family I am also much pleased to think that Wanda has a sister that will very soon be a playmate and they will very soon enjoy each others company


I am specially glad to know that every body is well and happy

I trust your health has much improved

We are having a very severe winter, but it is really wonderful how very warm and comfortable we can keep ourselves but it requires a great deal of effort to do so_

The side walks were all shovelled out last week so I was tempted to walk to the 'Presbyterian' Church' yesterday, but I was very stiff and tired when I got home_


My Parlor bedroom is a success, with my large stove standing so near the door and it keeps the fire going all night

"John' Ried" left us for home two days ago_

he expected to meet 'Walter" "Brown" at Milwaukee - I wish 'Walter" had come on to Portage when he had got so near as we would have been very glad to see him_

Give my kindest regards to Louie. I hope she will soon be in her normal health and able to resume her new cares and duties with gladness of heart_

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We had our pleasant visit yesterday from David as usual, no kind of weather hinders him from coming once a week.

Dear John I rejoice with you in your joy at this time, and I trust we will ever have thankful hearts for the many great blessings we have enjoyed in the years that have passed, and also for those we are still enjoying with love to all the family I am affectionately Mother



Portage, Wisconsin

Date Original

1886 Feb 1


Original letter dimensions: 40 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0598

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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