[Sarah Muir Galloway]


Wanda [Muir]



Portage, Wis. Feb. 3nd/88

Dear Wanda:_

If was very kind for you to write to me. I was very glad to receive a letter from my little California niece. I remember just how you looked when I was visiting at your home. but that is a long time ago, and you have grown to be quite a big girl since then, and you are a good scholar too, for your letter is well writtten and you told me a lot of news. Just the kind I like to have. I am glad that Helen is so sweet, that she can run so fast, and is able to play so nicely on her music box. I know how you will love her, and



lead her around the front yard to show her the flowers. Just as your Auntie used to hold your hand, when you were about the same size as Helen is now and we had pleasant talks about the birds and the flowers. I have a great many of the [illigible] flowers and pretty things I gathered in these days, and I like to look at them and think of the [illigible] sunshiny days when Auntie Maggie, Wanda, with some -times your Papa or Mamma and my self went wandering about among the hils vineyards and orchards about your home. I think perhaps you have forgotten all about it but Auntie Maggie and I have not.


If you and Helen were here just now, you would not be able to walk around the yard at all, there is so much snow Grace and I have to shovel paths and the snow is piled up three feet or more some places, on each side, and the flowers are all covered up. but by and bye we will have warmer weather, the snow will melt, the grass will sprout up, and the beautiful flowers will grow and blossom and then I wish that you could come and stay with us a while. Just as your cousins from Lincoln came last year I suppose you will often so to visit Grandpa and Grandma and you will have a very


pleasant time I am sure you see I remember them both, and have many times been at their pretty home, and have not forgotten how good and kind they were to me.

I have never seen little Helen so the next time ou write you might tell me how she looks. perhaps she may look somewhat like Mamma or Grandma if she does, you can tell me. When Grace went to the Post Office today she got the letter you wrote to Grandma, and brought it home to her, so you see your letters all got safely here. I send love and kisses to you and Helen

Auntie Sadie.


I send this letter to Papa along with yours so you can give it to him


Portage, Wisc.

Date Original

1888 Feb 3


Original letter dimensions: 41 x 12.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0956

Collection Identifier

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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