Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir


[in margin: 542]

Portage April 21st. 1888

Dear John

Here is your birthday, and I congratulate you, and wish you many very happy days and years of life

It seems very wonderful to me that I should be spared to see three of my children over fifty years of age

This brings me face to face with realities making me to see and feel very plainly that my span of life is nearly accomplished


I thank my Heavenly Father that I can look forward with much more pleasure than I can look backward although I have enjoyed many blessings adn comforts all my life long Much of my happiness has been from my family, all the absent ones remember me with much kindness and my mind often wanders among you all

A few days ago I called on Mrs Goodyear she told me Annie looked well but she thought you looked tired I hope you will not continue writing too closely



Mrs. G_ told me she had quite a visit with Joanna, she hired a hack and took them to several places they wished to go

I hope all the family are well.

Give my kindest wishes to all

Affectionately Mother



Portage, [Wisc.]

Date Original

1888 Apr 21


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 12.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 1018

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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