Dav[id Gilrye Muir]
Martinez, California, August, 7th, 1887.
Dear brother Dan. We all congratulate you on your marriage, which was not un- -expected, & we hope that much happiness is yet in store for you in this every-changing world.
Our little Helen has been very sick but is now nearly well again. We now know what the agony of the loss a child is for we had lost hope for a time of her recovery.
I am all nerve shaken, & lean as a crow louded with care work & worry the care & worry will soon wear away I hope but the work seems rather to increase, certainly this is more than enough of it to keep me out of mischief forever. Besides the ranch I have undertaken a big literary job an illustrated work on California & Alaska. most of the
work of publication is being done in New York & as it is coming out in numbers you will soon see part of it. I have already written & sent in the two first numbers & the illustrations I think are nearly ready
Annie is now grown to be an enormous botanist & has already a fine new flower named for her, Clarkia Muiriana She now entertains the queer hallucination that she is married as much or more than even you or anybody, & that this is her first child. She seems to feel bigger than an Asiatic Elephant about it
Mother & all the family express themselves as greatly pleased with Your new domestic arrange- ments & Annie also, though she thinks your marriage a small affair compared with hers.
Give my love to your wife, & believe me ever truly your brother & friend
1887 Aug 7
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Dav[id Gilrye Muir], 1887 Aug 7." (1887). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1723.
Reel 05, Image 0846
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