Annie L. Muir


Annie L. Muir


Louie [Muir]



Portage Wis. April 27 1892.

Dear Sister Louie:-

May hearty thanks for the check for $50.00, which I am ashamed to accept- being already so deeply indebted to you all. But it shows great kindness and generosity on your part, for which I do not know how to thank you in words, and If I am ever able, in any way, to do so in deeds, I shall do so most gladly and I thank the Lord for the privilege. Apr. 28.-Already ten days since “The Boys” – John & David left us and amid most depressing circumstances , - You could not, I think, without being here, comprehend the feeling



which has been aroused in our little city and the surrounding country, by the failure of the [firm?] of Parry & Muir. People who have known David nearly all of their lives, and had perfect confidence in him, are ready now to listen to any sort of a report – even to reports which would prove positive rascality on his part – You will however hear enough of this when they reach California. And more than enough – Perhaps you can imagine something of the pain and mortification which this has brought, with crushing weight upon Davids honest heart and through him – in less degree – upon us all.


I need add nothing more on this sad subject. it is all before you – with the deep sense of loneliness which we feel in losing our last brother [from?] among us. John’s coming was a great help & comfort to us all. He cheered us up beyond what seemed possible under the circumstances. I don’t know what we would have done without him for it was hard enough [even then?] I was glad to see John looking so well – He is certainly much better than when I left California - - - [Ette?] has just been in to say goodbye to us – She goes to Madison this afternoon – will stay there with friends



until tomorrow morning when she will leave for Neb. and expects to reach Lincoln on Saturday - - - The blue-birds have just returned from the South, with their sweet, soft voices – and bright, dainty coloring – And we know that Spring is again at hand – with its glorious Ressurrection beauty – John came & went just too early for it. Please give my most hearty & cordial love to Dear Grandma & the children – Also please to let Maggie know something of this letter, and tell her I will write to her before very long – but I am not feeling very well since the Boys left us — Annie L. Muir


Portage, Wisc.

Date Original

1892 Apr 27


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0539

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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