John Muir


[John Muir]


David [Gilrye Muir]



Martinez Dec. 24 1888_

Dear Brother David. To you & yours I wish with all my heart a merry & happy new Year & Christmas, May you make plenty of money for all the honey you may need to strengthen & sweeten your own life, & your wife's, & childrens, & a few cents & dollars more for friends & neigh- -bors, so that, however faint & diluted, all the world may be made a little better, a little sweeter from your having lived in it. This you know is a figure of speech & does not mean what is says but a merchant will understand what is meant in referring to all the grace & goodness of life as money without being drawn too rudely & far from the beloved ledger.

Since your 2d marriage you have maintained a grand significant (or stupid) silence too happy for words I suppose or letters & only through others have I heard that you were well & prosperous. I too I am afraid have sinned in this matter of silence drifting on in streams & whirls of business care & pleasure


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1888 Dec 24


Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 1232

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