Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid]


John Muir



I will have something better to write to you before long. I hear that Brother Dan is visiting the folks in Portage Wis.

With love to all

Yours affectionately




Collyer, Kansas.

Jan 15th 1889

Dear Brother John
We received your kind & cheering letter of Dec 24. for which we thank you more than I can tell you have no doubt heard from John since that he says to tell you that the mortgage has been sent to Wis for Sara to sign & he will send it as soon as it comes. I have been try-ing to be hopeful & trust-ful but oh John we are now well nigh discouraged perhaps you know that the horses are mortgaged to the Bankers for more than they are worth & to make them


More [saleable?] John & Harry (with occasional hired help) have worked hard late & Early for the last year (since he & [illegible]) caring for & breaking those horses. & the agreement they made The Bankers & [illegible] was that while he was doing so they would advance or let us have the use of money to live on & pay other expences but a few days ago John got a letter stating that we must not draw on them for any-thing more than feed for the horses & help to break & care for them. John feels terrible & has written a letter saying that they will have to take the horses & he will have to go off & try to get work by the day if he can do no better on the railroad or anything

[3] till he can do better but I am in hopes they will not mean so bad as it is for their advantages that John should take care of them & he hoped to sell a carload in the spring to take them east as he thought perhaps there would be a better market for the kind of horses he has. There is a good deal of the Broncho about them he was deceived in them where Jim Foster bought them. We don’t know whether Jim was or not, he did very reckless things before they parted. I am glad you are all well & that you are so much better I feared you would be very nervous with so much writing. Excuse me for writing you such dismal news & don’t say anything about it. I hope


Collyer, Kansas

Date Original

1889 Jan 15


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 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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