Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid]


John Muir



[in margin: & the grape vines have not been long uncovered. Under some circumstances [Pata?] Plumari's advice is hard to take. would'nt the auld body if he could now. how often you used his advice, be flatered & he would say as he often used to in Peter Plowmans Day your man " Give my love to Louie & the children also to Mr & Mrs Strentzel. I hope you are all well & have got over the grippe - we are all usually well]

it is now. it is a year since I was out there & they have been keeping house alone & things are getting sadly out of order Jessie will stay and still work in the office of Dawes & [Joss?]. It may be Dear John that J & I can break away & come to Cal. sooner than we think one of our friends here who takes the 'Century' will give us an opportunity to read your articles about Yosemite which will be a pleasure how beautiful everything must look, with you now we have had quite pleasant weather here but not very warm cherry & apple trees are in bloom

Crete, Neb. Apr 28th, 1890.

[in margin: Lovingly your sister Maggie]

My Dear Brother John

I received your kind letter & also the check of fifty Dollars you ordered Payot Upham & Co to send to me. & what can I do or say oh nothing at present but just Thank You John. Many 'hopes defered" has made me heartsick but I will cherish the hope that someday & that not so very far off, your substantial help will be paid up & all your piled up kindnesses in word, & deed (though I would be glad of an opportunity) I can never repay but that God may bless, & make it all up to you is my prayer;


Yes I do wish we did not live so far apart as there are many things that weigh that are hard to make plain by letter I wish Business, some profitable business, might call you our way. I commenced to write to you some dayes ago when I re'cd the money, but as I expected John here in a few days waited till he has come, he seems to want to cling to the Ranch yet a while but as yet see's no way clear. Harry likes to stay there & a year from next August will be twenty one, he seems to like the notion of his Father putting some sheep on the place, for him to help take care of & when he is of age to give him



an interest in them & in the place but he needs his fathers help to make a success of anything and also his experience as Harry knows hardly anything about the care of sheep. John has gone downtown to advertise the house for sale. or rent. times are very dull here and it is a hard time to sell property but I hope somebody may be willing to give us a fare price & for the present we will move to Kansas, it will cost less to live together & we can help each other better I thank Louie for her kind thoughtfulness of me & mine but please tell her that if ever our menfolks needed our help (May's & mine) to keep house for them & make & mend & C


Crete, Neb

Date Original

1890 Apr 28


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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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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