John Muir


John Muir


David [Gilrye Muir]


[in margin: Martinez 1887 Family Affairs] 01251

Martinez January 1, 1887.

Dear brother David_

I wish you & the children a hearty happy New Year We are all in ordinary good health_ & affairs go on not in any new way but in the old way as if the Year were not in any sense new Still we have much to be truly grateful for, & for nothing more than for hope of better things stored up for us unseen in the future.

Maggie writes that she greatly enjoyed her visit with you & that you were in better health than usual & prosper[illegible] generally which was good news indeed_

You proposed in Your last

letter to me that I send any money I could spare as you had found a good field fro investment likely to be profit- -able to us both. I should like to send you a thousand or so. but I had to send $2000 more to Walter Brown to take up a mortgage that has come due on a house & lot he traded for, besides other expense - interest on $5000 mortgage etc. Dans $1000 yielded only taxes etc. last year so I have not much to handle in the way of speculations just now But that $500 that has been so long in the stores I think had better be taken out & invested in something that will pay better. The interest

due me up to this time I wish you to give to Wilbur.

I am sending some books for the children which I hope they will like, the pictures you sent are very good.

When are you coming to see us & our Country A trip at this time of year would be a grand change for you the weather so bright & the flowers in bloom & the birds already thinking of nesting

Anna I suppose keeps you all informed on the weather. I try to keep her from going as she has but little else to do.

May the New Year be good to us all. Ever Your brother John Muir


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1887 Jan 1


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0754

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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