Annie L. Muir


Annie L. Muir


[John Muir]



The robins & bluebirds have returned - The anemones are again in blossom and the grass is growing green once more - and we hear & [give?] praises to the Creator all around us - and surely [celebrate?] with them within ourselves - I enclose to you Anna Merrill Foster's letter - also a clipping containing words which reminded me of you as I read them. I had a letter from Mrs. C. C. Parry recently - written in Philadelphia. She complains of very poor health. She enquires very affectionately about you & your family - Says she has very pleasant recollections of her visit in the Alhambra Valley. This letter is freighted with love & best wishes for you & all the family.

Your sister,

Annie L. Muir


Portage, Wis. April 8- '90

Dear Brother John

It seems [like?] a long time since I have heard from you or written to you - And as I am longing for a word from you, I will begin at my end, and do my part first. It is a rainy, drizzling day, and Mother & I are sitting cozily by the fire. Part of the time she reads, and part of the time she nods & sleeps in her chair; while I have sewed & thought most of the day - Now almost gone - And as you see my last thoughts


were with you, and the change in my occupation followed - The past week has been a very depressing and solemn one to [Mother?]; as her dear old friend Mrs. Roby, who lived quite near [illegible] and with whom Mother [spent?] so many pleasant hours these last years of her life - died, quite unexpectedly just about a week ago and here aged husband followed her in less than a week - Both burried within one week - I can see that it has been a shock to mother, and as this is always a trying season of the year I am a little anxious about her. I am glad to say that she is not sick, but she feels weak - complains of being tired without doing any


thing to tire her - But I am going to get a tonic for her, & hope that she will get along all right - Sarah has just returned from the country where [she?] has been cultivating the acquaintance of her two grandchildren - Kenneth & Bernice Eastman. Joanna's health is rather better than it has been - and she is somewhat encouraged about business as Walter has made a change. Is now travelling for a lumber Co. And as he has, in the past, been engaged in the lumber or timber business - and is to receive a stated salary, there seems less uncertainity about their affairs -



Portage, Wis

Circa Date

[1890] Apr 8


Original letter dimensions: 20 X 25 cm.

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Reel 06, Image 0411

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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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