Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir



I have not had a letter from you for a very long time but I expect your time is wholly taken up. I close with kindest love to all.



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Portage April 21st 1890

Dear John

Time is ever on the wing, and has again brought us to see another of your birthdays. May heavens best blessings be showered upon you more and more abundantly each year of your life. I expect you are now enjoying warm pleasant weather after the wet muddy time you had in winter. We have had a very mild pleasant winter with very few real cold days.


The grass is already green and spring flowers are abundant and with pleasure I inclose a few of your favorite blossoms. Joanna is still in Portage and intends to spend the summer here as Walter will still be in Philadelphia her rooms with us were upstairs and did not suit for hot weather, but she has got rooms quite near us now and that suits her better.

We have a letter today from Mary they are all well and seem to enjoy their new home in Kearney Nebraska.


A few weeks ago we had a very unexpected visit from John Reid, he came to Chicago on business and thought he would come to Portage he looks well and quite stout and thinks of moving the family to live on the farm. Probably you know that David is a grandfather and they call me a Great-Grandmother.

Our folks here are all about as well as usual after quite a trying time with the prevailing Influenza. I hope you and Louie and the children are all quite well



Portage, [Wisc]

Date Original

1890 Apr 21


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 24.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0449

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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