Sarah [Muir Galloway]


John Muir



to commence her winter school last Saturday, she will be less than five miles out of twon, so so we may see her often. Celia is teaching the Grammar depart -ment of the Lomach school about sixty miles from here, she has nearly 60 scholars, so you may be sure she has enough to keep her busy. We were all glad to see Annie so much better than she left us, still she does not seem to be very strong, she has gone to the country for a f4w days. I wish you all could have been with us in the summer when Joanna & Mary were here, Do you think we will ever get together again? we seem to be scattered to the [farm?] winds. Mother and Davids folks are well. With much love to all from Sarah.

Portage, Wis. Octr 18th /88

Dear brother John

It is a long time since I have heard from you, longer than usual I think, but then I remember how exceedingly busy you must be and so I write again for Sarah to thank you and Louie again for the beautiful pictures of the dear little girls whose faces are sweet enough for any number of kisses, and so bright and charming that I do not wonder you are proud of them. long may they be a blessing and comfort to you both. I was very glad that you were


able to break off from the Ranch work for a while and take some of your "long walks among the mountains again." it was a fine change and has proved beneficial too I hear. That must be a grand work you are preparing, I have seen some of the proof sheets that Annie brought with her, the illnes- -traditions are fine and the reading matter will be the best on the subject, but I fear few of the common folks will be able to reach it. I had a vacation too this month. I went out to the old neighborhood, the first time in two years, visited with some of the old friends and enjoyed it. while there I [illegible] to the Country in Buffalo when besides our own dear ones,

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so many of the neighbors of long ago are laid to rest. the greater part of the place looks sadly neglected. We had a very pleasant visit with John May some time since, he had been up in Buffalo visiting the old home and some of the neighbors, he said that writing up David's early life had created a strong desire to visit some of the scenes conn -ected with it, but like yourself he was disappointed in the appearance of everything.

How sad and lonely Isabella must be since Walters death, it seems such a short time since James died also her brother David. her Father and Mother are quite frail now. Anna started off


Portage Wis

Date Original

1888 Oct 18


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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