John Muir


John Muir


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]


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1889 Nov 30


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0283

Collection Identifier

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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