Joanna [Muir Brown]


John Muir & Louie {Strentzel Muir]



wishes Wanda and Helen had been here to eat some fo her birthday cake that had "Ethel" on it in candy.

Walter says he knows he ought to have written you, and will soon, but is not quite ready he had had some very try- ing delays in his business. He did not tell me to say this but I know it is a long time since he has written you. I hope that one or both of you will write some times for we like to know of your welfare. We have had a very pressing invitation to come to Cal. to visit Mr and Mrs [Turner?] who are located in Los Gatos. It would be very pleasant to accept the invitation and visit you too, but that will be imposs sible at present, doubtless the time will come. Walter wishes to be remembered with kindest regards to you all.

With much love Joanna.

Kansas City Mo. Nov. 13, 1888.

My dear John & Loui:-

I am sur- priced when I think how long I have been in telling you how much pleased I am with the childrens pictures and also the exquisite little shell with its treasure of sea noises. The photo- graphs are lovely and I am sure must be very like the children. I had been wishing for their pictures for Annie L. had written


so much concerning their charms, and I do not think she can have exag- erated. What delight you must take in them, and what pleasure in teaching them. I know by the ex- quisite comfort we take in our own little ones,

How does "Pcituresque California" pro- gress, and how does your health endure the close application? I manage to write a little story once in a while for the children' book, but household cares take so much of my time that I do not accom plish much in that direction

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Oh: John, I had such a delightful visit at home this summer, It does me good yet. It had been nearly seven years since I had seen Mother and Sarah and all the young folks, and everybody, friends as well as relatives did so much to make it pleasant for us. I did not know I could enjoy it so much.

We are having magnificent weather, the children play out of doors most of the time and are in robust health. Ethel wishes Wanda to know that she has just had a nice little birthday party. It being her sixth birthday She says she


Kansas City, Mo

Date Original

1888 Nov 13


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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File Identifier

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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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