D[avid] G[ilrye] Muir


John Muir



Setp 10th 1886

My Dear Brother John

I have been here ten days having [stricken word] Grand Jury of U.S. court. Have been walking all about the city trying to find old familiar places but everything nearby [has?] changed, however the University people & the North & South buildings are unchan -ged on the outside at least I tried to peek into our old rooms on the corner & also tried to find the place where we went in bathing but could hardly identify the spot, our duties as jurors are about done so we expect to be allowed to return to home & work tomorrow.


Your kind letter of Sympathy was received; accept of my heartfelt thanks for your kind words of consolation, & encouragement. I never supposed it would be my lot of bear such a severe loss, to drink such a bitter cupt, to endure such anguish. The scene is still reproduced before me every day with undeminished sorrow. Poor Johnnie the pleasant mirthful dutiful many boy, gone & nothing left of him but a pleasant memory, but we shall meet again.

He told his playmates repeatedly that as soon as he graduated he was going right to Cal to his Uncle John & sooner if Pa would let him.

We are all quite well. Mother is real well & seems happy & contented.



Sarah is much better & stronger than when you were there but still is not strong & has bad spells.

My family ahs been all together at home since June. Carrie has gone to [Bogfield Co?] with Miss Rosencross to assist her in conduting county school examinations but will return in a week or two. Annie & I will have gone to the town of Buffalo for a visit while I am here. Will attend [stricken word] examination of teachers & got a good certificate to teach. as he is not eighteen yet I think it will do him good to teach [stricken word] school for a few years


I am going send you some photos in a short time.

I had a visit with Willis yester -day. he was here as a delegate to the State Republican convention. he reports his family well. I suppose you ahve heard how wealthy they feel over their little daughter We (the Grand Jury) visited the University exper -imental farm to-day which proved very interesting. we saw a great variety of [illegible] corne wheat grapes cattle hogs potatoes &e &e [probably etc. etc.] also [illegible] a model barn. &c

We also visited the Washburn chemistry but as it was not the regular day for the reception of visitors they did show us anything through the telescope. Madison is very handsome but there seems be but little busienss going on. except at the hotels.



We have had an exceedingly day buseinss hardly any rain from March to Sep 1st We have been told that it is a regular California summer our crops are not as good as usual consequently the outlook for business is not very good. How is K.C. real estate business? We sent $1000.00 . there & after it lay idle these months we sent for it & put it where it has gained $fifty per cent in less than [three?] months

If you have any idle money one or two thousand dollars


and you could trust me [personally?] with it. I would give you eight or ten per cent for one year & could make a handsome life for myself besides & no risk. I am anxious to to make some money. so as to enable me to get out of business, as I could make very much more money at other business which would not require such constant attention

Mother shows me all of your & Annie's letters. Am always glad to hear from you directly or indirectly - glad to hear that annie is improving give her my love. remember me kindly to Mrs Muir Wanda and Lily? Excuse my long delay in writing to you & believe me in true brotherly kindness your [illegible] D. G. Muir


Madison, Wis

Date Original

1886 Sep 10


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.

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File Identifier

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