John Muir


John Muir


Dav[id Gilrye Muir]



Martinez April 20, 1889.

Dear brother Dave -

Yrs of Mch 19 came in good time that is anytime, for you write so seldom unless spurred by [mere?] business. I am glad to hear that you have all come through the winter unfrozen & that mother is again in her usual health. Annie writes that she suffered a good deal in the beginning of winter but is now hopeful & in fair health. I sent John $1000 which I hope will tide him over his worst difficulties - I tseems strange that a practical stockman should have been so easily imposed on as he was in the matter of those mustang colts. Have you yet divided gains with Dave in that syndicate business? I have not been able to get a dollar or word out of him



concerning the affair nor can I learn anything about the Kansas City investment wh was to have been "turned over" so fast & handsomely. This money business seems like a ratchet wheel that will only turn one way, that is away - never back this way. As to Willie he should be started in the way he would like to go in case he has any [illegible] like. If not then in any good normal way leading with fair labor & care to independence. The fruit business here is a good one - clean decent respectable & far removed as a general thing from starvation or anything like it. If he is willing to be careful, painstaking work hard (though not half as hard as we had to work at Fountain Lake & Hickory Hill in the grim sad [illegible] early days) & be content



with small wages at first then perhaps you had better send him out to me & I will set him to work. And when you want to retire to private life & seek an honest living you had better rid yourself of those [illegible] good, [illegible] [illegible] & come too - Am hard at work on the vineyards & orchards while the publishers of [illegible] Cal are screaming for copy while months have been taken up by sickness etc. We are well again however & [illegible] thankful. When are you going to visit us now that your political partner has cained office you will no doubt be held closer than ever. Your wife ought to have made you bring her out here on her wedding trip. Farewell. My kindest regards to her & all the family. Ever truly yours brother John


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1889 Apr 20


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0059

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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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