Sarah [Muir Galloway]


John Muir



will go back to Lo[illegible] tomorrow ready to commence work again next week. they are both pretty well and that is a comfort. You ask me to tell you something of my affairs in Kansas, but I fear I can gave you very little satisfaction. I know that John's affairs are in a very bad condition but do not know exactly how he settled with his partners only that they have no claims on anything in Kansas. There are papers made out making over the undivided half of the lands to John, but as soon as the business troubles commenced in Neb. he sent them to me for safe-keeping and as they are not recorded the land is still all in my name. and so cannot be

[in margin: I often pray that our heavenly Father may send you the blessings you need the most. Sarah]


Portage, Wis. April 5th/89

Dear Brother John

Your last long good brotherly letter is before me and am sorry to think that it has not been answered long ago. I am glad you are so pleased with your appearance in "specks" as they got to be such a necessity as the years pass over our heads and you speak of your gray head too, it must be that your soft brown curly hair has not much of white in it yet, but each year leaves its mark and we are a family of [illegible][illegible] now. Mother was quite sick some weeks since but we are


touched by creditors. I do not know the amount already paid on the land, the time given to pay the balance, or how much there is still to pay, but I have not been troubling myself about these things as I am sure that John is doing his best, and iwll continue to do so, if he can only sell his horses to good advantage he will be relieve-ed in a measure at least and if this prove to be a good year he will be able to go on with new courage. You will know that Maggie is still in Kansas doing her best to help along poor girl, how hard all this must have been for here. my heart has ached for them


glad to see her in about her usual health again, she is able to take a good walk and is so glad to be able to be out again. I have been reading David Grays books aloud in the evenings this winter and have enjoyed them very much, it has been a great pleasure to Mother to have so many of the hapenings of those early years brought to mind again. the letters of travel too are very interesting. You too will have the books. how do you like them & I had a letter sometime ago from Isabella Sanderson. She is left lonely too now. what a sad. sad, loss, [Walter?] will be in his family. Mr and Mrs Gray are living with Isabella, they are growing quite

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frail now. We were very sorry to hear by Mrs [illegible]s letter to Annie, of Wanda's severe illness and your suffering with your hand. I hope Wanda has quite recovered, and that you are all well and happy again. I think Wanda must have forgotten all about Auntie [illegible] now as I have had no letter from here for a long time, and I want her to tell me about dear little Helen and all the rest of the folks, or anything else she wishes. you can tell here Grace has grown a tall girl now, as tall as her mother. The girls have both been home during their vacation. Anna commenced a new [illegible] a week ago, Celia has been home about a week and

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both, I do hope things will change round soon and so take the strain of both boby and mind. What a warm beautiful month Feb. has been as the little blossoms I send will show the trailing [illegible] Celia brought from [illegible], it does not grow around Portage, it is very beautiful I think and so fragrant. Celia says if she finds it plentiful when she goes back she will send a box. The anemones are the first we have seen this spring. Tell Louie I often think of here, I send love to her and the dear little girls, remember me to the Doctor and Mrs. [Streutzel?] and with much love to you John I am

Affectionately Sister Sarah.


Portage, Wis

Date Original

1889 Apr 5


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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