Sarah [Muir Galloway]


John Muir



Portage Wis. Feb 3nd/88

Dear brother John

Your kind letter and beautiful cards reached us safely and were fully appreciated. [stricken word] my California poppies brought with them the remembrance of our first ride with you from Martinez to the =home among the hills when the first flowers I remember of seeing were masses of those same golden blossoms growing wild. there are many pleasant associations connected with these little flowers, we had so many of them growing at our first home, [Fountaine?] Lake. and the children [enjoyed?]


them so much the old house where we as an unbroken family spent so many of our first years in this country, and afterwards David and I with our band of little folks made our home so long, of all this, for us. there are only memories left. Another of the old neighbors has passed away. Mrs. McRath, died this winter after a short illness. she went about as usual until about a week before her death, she was eighty four years old. what a surprisingly long life for such a feeble looking woman.

We were very glad to know that your helath is improv -ing. even under such a weight of work as you are carrying along.


Since writing the above this sad intelligence has reached us of the dealth of Joanne's little boy. Alas! how much of sorrow there is in this world, and each have their share. Walter and Joanne will feel as if their cup was full. my heart aches for them both. how many hopes would be built up in him even in the few days he was with them. Poor little J_.

We are all pretty well here Mother has been rather under the ewather for more than a week but is feeling better again.

& it is always trying for her to be obliged to stay in the house, and we have had so much severe cold and snow that she has not been able to take her usual


walks, it seems as if all the rain that was withheld in the summer has been coming down in snow this winter, but perhaps we will have pleasant weather soon. My own health has been better for some time, so that I can get about my work more comfortably. The girls were home for a little while last week. Their winter schools will close in five or six weeks when they will be home for a little again. David's folks are all well. I hope your own health will keep improving, that must be a large volume you are engaged in correcting. Give my love to Louis, tell her I will write to her someday. With love to all. I am as ever

Your affectionate Sister




Portage, Wis

Date Original

1888 Feb 3


Original letter dimensions: 40.5 x 12.5 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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