Julia M[errill] Moores


John Muir


[in margin: Kate & [illegible] & Merrill & Charles with [love?] remembered]


nor being very strong. She would prefer private scholars even though she might not make as much._ She writes cheerfully. and longs to see you and your wife. We had not known of more than one little girl _ but I am happy to hear of two. I know how sweet & bright they must be. I thank you for all you say as to writing to the teachers in Oak lawn & San Francisco It is very tired. _ But I do not want to be troublesome. only I feel so safe to know that you are so near. & would be ready if they were in distress to council them. Janet is a dear child - Sweet & loveable. Simple & cheerful. & no fool - You will love her as you did when she was a child. But I will [tire you all out?] & with much love to your wife & dear little girls_ I am affectionately

Julia M. Moores

01253 [1]

Indianopolis Jan. 18th 1887

My dear friend,

I wish I could tell you how happy your kind letter made me. wh came to hand yesterday. A load was lifted from me at once. I thought if Mr. Muir is only in the State where she is - why, I shall not be anxious. How pleasant the confidence we have in our friends! And mine I will admit have begun to be disturbed. I wrote you in Nov. as you know - the very last of the month Janet & her cousin Mary Merrill, set off for Oakland. My brother's boys-whom you may remember-Charley, at least - had


gone out the year or more before onto a little place some ten miles from Los Angles- clearing off & fruit planting. then Mother with Annie. who has been an invalid two years, joined her boys & spent a year with them. Annie being most of the time in a sanitarium near by. In Sept. my sister, Mrs. Merrill, came home, leaving Annie & Sam. at Oakland. & Annie near our relatives the Briers. _ Carl had returned to the Bookstore. in Indianapolis. My brother had been unfortunate in business? & some of the rest of us have met with losses.? Mary Merrill felt that she must make her own living. & Janet having been shut up in the house for two months with her ankle, our physician advises a milder climate when she could get sunshine.[illegible]


Charley had an offer of a situation in the [illegible] bookstore in Geary St. San Francisco - so now. Charley_Janet_Annie Mary & Iain are all in Oak land_ keeping house together _ and waiting to get well - & for an opportunity to teach. That is Mary & Janet would teach, Mary is a brave [illegible] girl-full of fire & pluck & has taught more than a year in our public schools. Janet has been mostly at home- thought she has occasionally had private scholars. & has [illegible] from those for whom she had taught. her Aunt Kate. has had charge of her entire education & few knew from this that it is thorough. She is a fine English & French scholar.


Indianapolis, [Ind]

Date Original

1887 Jan 18


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24.5 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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