Mary Muir Hand


Mary [Muir Hand]


John Muir


Phillips, Wis.

Sep. 9, /89

Dear Brother John:

Surely there has been a very long silence between us - In your last letter to me - you gave our "diabolical [Stores?]" such a denouncing, that I wanted to write immediately, and could readily have filled several pages, but being hindered at that time just see how the weeks and months have passed. It does not seem

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very easy to write to you now. I know so little of your home or your interests and you know so little of our humble sphere = but is it not time for a change? They tell me that Louie is not much given to letter writing but long ago you were always the prompt one and I the one slow to respond - Let us know more of each other, I should really like to become acquainted with Louie and shall hope to have that pleasure in days to come. I look at the photographs of your little daughters very often - and

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always admire them. You were very kind to send them. I did not succeed in getting good photo's of our baby last summer or I should have sent you one in this. We have no good photo' artists in this place - I made a lifesize watercolor of her last fall and we are well pleased with it. I should like to work one up of little Helen Lillian if I though you would like it. They are very soft and pretty - and I feel sure I could at least get a good copy of the photograph. Willis intends starting this

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week for some town in Nebraska in search of a favorable place to locate. If not suited he may go still further west. We have lived long enough in Phillips. I hear from home that your health is greatly improved from what it was the past few years. I am glad to know that it is so. I trust you all well. Our children seem to be in the best of health. My health has not been very good during the summer. I shall hope to hear from you soon. With much love to you all, I remain

Affectionately, Mary


Phillips, Wis

Date Original

1889 Sep 9


Original letter dimensions: 13 x 20 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0233

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