Sarah [Muir Galloway]


[John Muir]



we are expecting a visit from Emma and all of the children some time this summer, I wonder when we will have the pleasure of seeing yourself, Louie and the two little girls here, we are looking for Joanna and her little family this fall. so with one after another we [wired?] anxious after the long years of separation. Mother is as much as usual. she enjoys her walks as much [illegible] soon such goes out frequently to see her friends. Anna is at home with us this summer while Celia is teaching school again. Grace has talked up the study of botany this spring in which she is very much interested. The teacher and part of the class went out to a glen in Caledonia to gather wild flowers Grace brought home a basket full of beauties [none of us?] had never seen before. And now John with much love to all I am as every your affectionate

Sister Sarah.


Portage, Wis. May 8th /87

My dear brother John;

It is a long time since I have written to you but much longer since I have received a few words from your place. and though I am glad of every word I hear of you by Annie yet I long for even a short letter from your own dear hand sometimes. I often think of you, and imagine you going about as busy as ever and your mind filled with the cures and anxieties connected with the ranch. I hope you will be able to get away this year for a good rest and [then?] go back to the dear ones refreshed and strengthened. The weather here just now is very warm and dry


indeed people are already dread- -ing another year of drouth, we have had such a great wood stove that some fields of grain have been entirely blown away, that is as far as the crop is [advanced?]. we did not know but our house and [ourselves?] were young too, it was the worst wind storm I rem- -ember of. We have moved from the house we occupied when you were here, we are a little nearer town, just two streets up from the [Wisconsin?] river, I have a beautiful view of of the river from my bedroom window, the street is a pleasant one with large [homes?] on both sides making it seem cool and shady. the house itself is much smaller. And so you have had a visit with some of the friends of long ago, it was not until I heard that Walter [Landenson?] and John Gray had

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been with you, that I knew by Isabella of their visit west for account of Walters broken health I have not heard whether he has been benefited by the change, but I trust that he has returned to his family with renewed health. Dan did not see as much of William [Lout?] as he expected. he met him at the Milwaukee depot on his way to Chicago in response to a telegram so all the visit he had with him was during the trip from Milwaukee to Racine which only takes about an hour,. Dan says he looks time [worn?] compared with 23 years ago, still he said he could pick him out of the crowd at first glance_ it is altogether different with Dan_ he is looking so well and fleshy, he says he does not think he has felt as well in twenty years.


Portage, Wis

Date Original

1887 May 8


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

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

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