Sister Mary [Muir Hand]
Nov. 30, 1889
Dear Sister Mary
I hear that you are expected in Portage soon on a farewell visit ere setting out on your Go-West trip. I will therefore address you there hoping my letter will be in time. You think of settling in Nebraska. Why not come to the glorious climate & country of California instead of the corn & buffalo grass plains swept with blizzards cyclones & sandstorms. Come on a visit anyhow ere striking root in a country so far from anywhere & see civilization & the ocean & a wonder or two & get some of your mossy old provincial crankiness rubbed off. There now hold on to your Scotch temper & dont get into arguments at this distance but just take a good look at your near relative Annie & see how much her
her visits here has done for her & then make up your mind to come. Have you painted that Helen or Wanda portrait you spoke of in your last letter I think it would be a nice thing to do. We have Wanda painted in oil. It is beautiful but rather rough looking for so young a subject. Watercolors would I fancy be better for delicate baby faces. You have not sent the photographs of your children lately. Those boys must have grown into quite large chappies since I saw them in Kansas City & one of your children the baby we have not seen at all. As to our everyday aims & doings I have written them all to the Portage part of the family & you will learn them there
[in margin: Give my kind regards to Willis. May you find the happiest home place Ever your affectionate brother John]
1889 Nov 30
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Sister Mary [Muir Hand], 1889 Nov 30." (1889). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1867.
Reel 06, Image 0283
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