Julia M[errill] Moores
or perhaps - the day after thanksgiving_ in order to be in time for the examinations_. I feel afraid that I ought not to let her go on an uncertainty. And yet the need is pressing _ and she is very anxious to do something for her own support. Merrill is practicing law but as yet is not making much money> Charles is still a clerk with Baker Hind & Hendricks & his salary tho' small is sure. They are good children. Men now to all the world but myself. The girls will go to Oakland where Annie Merrill is - an invalid - with her younger brother & near relatives. If you will be so kind as to write & tell me whether you know of any opening. or if you think the i [illegible] a wild one - I shall be much obliged to you. & will write again myself giving you particulars.[in margin: Remember me to your wife & child & believe us all affectionately your friends. With love Julia M. Moores] Indianapolis Nov. 18th 86 232 N. Ala. St.My dear Friend,I do not know that this letter will reach you - for I am not sure that you are still living at Martinez. But I will write and try. It has been about five years since I have heard from you. Not I believe since you sailed away to the Northern Ocean. But I will not reproach you for I have no doubt that you have been busy and happy at home with wife and child. Just so has it been with me and mine. In spite of the
lapse of years. I feel sure that the same ged friend ship is safe and sound and that I may safely call on you? Now that I happen to need you.You do not knew that my brother_ Co. Memill has met with disappointment and reverses _ and his losses have involved me somewhat. After due consideration with friends and relatives it seem to be best that my Janet - you will recall her - and my brother's daughter Mary should go to California to teach. We have not certainly decided? but want to get all the information we can in regard to either city or country schools. The girls are well prepared for teaching01246  having both had good educations. Janet a classical one. She is not very strong howev4re & it has not seemed necessary heretofore that she should teach - except occasionally a few private pupils _ in French or some fo the simpler studies. She is never very strong in this climate - but the sea air always braces her up - and I feel sure the climate of California will be good for her. You may remember her as a sweet little girl of ten or twelve _ she & Katy Graydon were always together. She is still sweet and good a true & sensible little woman. I shall miss her as will her brothers _ but will try to do without her. Should it seem best. The girls want to start early in December
1886 Nov 15
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Moores, Julia Merrill, "Letter from Julia M[errill] Moores to John Muir, 1886 Nov 15." (1886). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1694.
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