Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid]


John Muir



he can do at present) on a ranch near town, he comes home at night & Harry is on the ranch in Kansas alone taking care of the place & the few horses left on it. The place cannot be left as in that thinly settled country everything that could be carried off would be taken. The children are well except Jessie but she is able to be at her work in Mr Foss' office. My own health has been poor this last summer & fall I am quite nervous, though I am able to do something most of the day. I hope this will find you all well. Give my love to Louie & kiss Wanda & Baby for me. Remember me to Doctor & Mrs Strentzel & may God Bless you Dear John


excuse so many blunders)

[in margin: P.S. I don't think John thinks or has [thought?] much about comming to Cal. he says things sometimes on the spur of the moment in a kind of desperation he feels so unsettled. Thank you for your welcome. We are in hope of seeing Mary & family soon on their way to their new home. M.R.]

Crete, Neb. Dec 9, 1889.

My Dear Brother John

Your exceedingly kind & comforting letter was received two days ago & it is just like yourself the good & kind self you have ever been to me. I thank you John but words are poor, sometimes, to express our feelings. John also received your answer to his & we thank you for your willingness to help & for the substantial help you have already given, and are sorry you had to lose your fine grape crop. We feel speaking of help from any other members of the family would be of no use as David in a


letter he wrote to John (the other day) for Sarah, concerning your asnwer, to Sarahs letter, expreshed a wish that he David could help him but saying it would be all he could do to get through this year & I don't think we could get any help from Dan & by what we hear from Walter he is in a "hard place" himself and as Willis Hand (as perhaps you have heard) expects to move to Neb. this month, having bought a farm close to Kearney, some time ago, he will not likely have any money he could lend at this time. John was anxious if he did loose his share in the land, that some of the family would own it so that Sarah would be all right & I do hope she will be whatever happens. John got a notice from the land co. last week that one [gz.?] section of the one cell his broken land is on, except


a garden near the house. There is 140 acres of it plowed but it was bought a little later & nothing has been payed on it) that unless arrears were payed up before the 27th or 29th I don't know which that his Title to said [gz.?] would be null & void without further notice. John has written to his Bro. Charlie he is the only one in his family he though would be able to raise a little money & also to Mr Yule of Beatrice but has rec'd no answer yet, it seems to be hard times everywhere those who have money have it invested. Now I have written you al ong lamentable letter. I dont like to write you such. John is at present working by the day as it is all



Crete, Neb

Date Original

1889 Dec 9


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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