[Annie L. Muir]
 and the condition farther down is no better. He gave me an atomizer with which I can send a spray of medicine directly to the parts effected, and he ad- visited me besides to take the oil of Eucalyp- sus in which he has great faith_ He says that the attention of medical men has of late been directed to the medical properties of the eucalypus tree which prove to be of great value. He says that a grove of them about a house are sure protection against malaria. I then spoke to him of the Doctor's pond, and he said that surrounding it with this tree was all that was necessary.
I found Maggie feeling very poorly_ indeed she had one of her worst spells while I was there. But there is one encouraging feature in the case, namely that they come much less fre- quently. She has had none before this since last spring. I fear she is worry- ing too much about their affairs, which all take no better shape than they did last year_ but still they might be worse than they are according to Walter Brown's statement. He says that John could settle all his indebtedness and still have five or six thousand dollars left: pro- vided I suppose that he could seel his land & stock_ Maggie thinks of going to him in Kansas soon. and we all hope that the change may prove a benefet to her. Do not think that she is much worse than before for she is not= but she looks weary & anxious. She has a horse & carriage and drives out often_ Portage looks beautiful to me. the lawns are fresh & green. The trees have grown very much, and em[illegible] the City [illegible]rich green foliage. We all wish most sincerely that you could have
Portage, Wis. Ang. 22 '88.
Dear Louie and All the family_
I am home at last= and so glad to be here once more, with so many of those dear & near to me. especially after so long & tiresome & dusty a trip as it looks to me where I look it over. from there to here. but the last day was the hardest, between here & Chicago. as I was very tired and not well, and had several changes to make. and too much baggage to look after. but I arrived safely at last. David met me at the depot looking better & younger than when I last saw him. (He was married in teeth. not gums alone.)
Mother looks somewhat older but is quite comfortable, and able to enjoy heartily this partial reunion of her family. Just think we numbered twelve. in the house. until Joanna and her family left us yesterday morning. My visit with her was too, too shor= only from Saturday evening until Tuesday mornings but Walter, who has been in N.Y. City for some time, returned, arriving here on Sunda7 eve. and wished to take them home with him, as the weather is now cool & pleasant. Her [stricken word] children look much as they do in teh pictures. Little Bessie is very sweet & quiet in her ways and Ethel is very entergetic & original in her's. She says many funny & unexpected things- Mary's Baby who is but one month younger than Bessie is very much smaller. the tinyest thing_
She was two years old yesterday and weighs only 20 lbs. She is round & plump as a little pigeon, but so little & [cunning?] wearing a No. 2 shoe which is almost too large for her. Her hair is much longer & heavier than little Helen's. How we have wished that your little Helen was here I think, she, Bessie & little Helen Hand would make the sweetest, dantiest little trio in existance_
When I was in Lincoln Dan ex- amined my lungs & throat. He agrees the the San Francisco ply- sician in saying that my lungs are entirely well. but he seemed to be surprised at the condition of my threat which he says is very bad indeed. He looked into the upper part of my throat and found the mucus membrane much thickend [&?] swolen from chronic inflamation.
1888 Aug 22
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Muir, Annie L., "Letter from [Annie L. Muir] to Louie [Muir], 1888 Aug 22." (1888). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1781.
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