John S. Gray


John S. Gray


John Muir




Mar 28 1887

Mr. John Muir

Dear Friend

It is now two weeks sine we landed safely home from our long journey, & full time that we send you a few lines, letting you know of our arrival.

I am sorry to say Walter has not improved but rather gone back in health. After we left you, he seemed to pick up a good deal & the medicines were helping him. In Salt Lake City he did not feel so well, but improved again in Colorado. So that, at (Colorado Springs we had a delightful days drive--but some way he hurt his foot & lamed himself so that when we got home he was obligated to keep per- fectly quiet to save the foot. This kept him in the house so close that he could gain no appetite & has been gradually running down ever since. In that weak condition.



we insisted on his getting medical advice & at last he consented to have our family physician take up his case. This case seemed to be well understood by our Dr. & in the few days he has been attending him he has reduced his local trouble so that now he is in about his normal condition in that respect but he has become so weak that he is not able to be out of bed, & last night had several sinking spells _ & finally fainted today he is in quite a fever & we all feel very anxious about him though the Dr. gives us encourage- ment & does not consider his present condition at all alarming_ Drugs seem to be of no avail & the course taken with him is a system of baths & local applications of different kinds_

It seems he did not get home a day too soon, for ever since, he has been in such condition that it would have been very hard on him to travel_ In another way we were too soon_ We sent, in one day, from summer temperatures & weather ([illegible] 859) to mid-winter. Our climate at this writing is a most unenviable one [loose?]

[letterhead] [3] journey when he is able_ & I am sure it will be a source of pleasure to him to think of it as it is to me_

I hope your family enjoys good health_ that your wife is strong & well & your sister improving_ Your little girls are just at the age to enjoy & I think you will find it a great trial to go away on that northern trip_ to be away so long from all the home bodies.

Remember me kindly to Mrs. Muir & your sister & be assured we will all be happy to hear from you whenever you can send us even a line or two & now with best wishes for your prosperity & happiness

I remain Yours Sincerely John S. Gray



Detroit, Mich

Date Original

1887 Mar 28


Original letter dimensions: 23.5 x 15 cm.

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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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