Maggie R. [Margaret Muir Reid]


John Muir


Collyer, Kansas, Sep 29th 1888

My Dear Brother John

I thought I would pen in a few lines to you with J's this morning We have not heard from any of you since we saw Sister Annie * would have written before [stricken word] but though perhaps you was still away off, on your tour of investiga -tion, relating to the great work you have understaken. I suppose it is impossible for me to form any conception of the hard labor & thought & time it will cost you. but it will be grand, when accomplished.

I hope your health has been benefited by your trip. for I am afraid, you are work -ing to awful hard.


I thank you John & Louie for those beautiful pictures of Wanda. & Helen. they look sweet & pretty. You were fortu -nate in getting such good ones. & Sister A. says they are 'perfect likenesses´if I only had a good one of Louis. & yourself now. I would be satisfiyed. I have a good one of you John in your mountain suit but I would like one in a dress suit too. There is no end to me is there? __ We were so glad to see Sister Annie looking so much better. & she seems to feel so much stronger I was sorry she could not stay longer with us. she only stayed a week with us & about the same length of time in Lincoln. [stricken word] letter from Joanna hurried her on, as J was visiting at another. & Sarahs at [Metina?]


[in margin: P.S. I know you are very busy, but will hope for a few lines from you soon. Tell Wanda I am looking for a few lines from her too. it is her turn to write M.H.R.]

& wanted to see as much of her, as possible before she went home how much Mother enjoyed having so many of her children with her this summer.

I have been here in Kansas with J[illegible] & Harry for about five weeks. they have been living here alone & cooking for themselves for some time. & I thought I could help them & a change might do me good. I was quite sick before & came [illegible]since, but begin to feel better now. it is quiet enough here don't see any one hardly but our own folk. & things above us seem much like beginning the world again, in the old log house.


The country looks rather dreary. everything looks brown to me except a little around the creek. There has been no rain to do any good here since May the creek [illegible] a good many springs which [come?] quite near the house. make me often think of Fountaine Lake, but there is not a tree in the land -scape. hardly anything but buffalo grass. & it is wonderful how the horses can live. & some of them grow fat on the brown stuff.

Give my kind regards to Doctor & Mrs Strentzel.

* with much love to yourself, & Louie, & the Children.

I am as Ever. affectionately- Maggie R.



Collyer, Kansas

Date Original

1888 Sep 29


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 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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