Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid]
June 1st, 1890.
My, dear Brother John:
Well, by the heading you know where we now are. We have been here about (or rather over) two weeks, and a busy time we have had trying to convert an ill-kept bachelor's hall into something like a home. Harry did not trouble himself much about how things looked, and I am glad May and I are able or have a chance to make our men folks more comfortable, though we have Mr. pile, the Englishman I spoke of who wants to go into keeping a few sheep with John. He has written home to his father for some money for that purpose. How things will come out I do not know.
We did not succeed in selling our house, but it is rented for twelve dollars and a half a month (as we had to reserve one room to put some of our things in) to one whom we owe. For about three weeks it has been dry, with dreadful hot winds --- over 100° in the shade, and people are getting troubled about the crops. Oats are very much injured now. Think of cooking and eating in the same room in such a heat and wind, and not one tree to shade or break the wind. As May says, ``it takes all the starch out of one." Yes, bodily and every way, but here I am complaining again.
When we started May and I went around by Lincoln and stayed over night, John and Johmie going on same day to Beatrice, and we met them there next morning and went on to Kansas. Dan and family are well --- four nice girls and D. H., Jr. is a beautiful boy with large dark eyes and they are all so proud of him and cannot do enough for him, every one. Dan looks thin, but Emma is chubby as ever, and Dan has a splendid practice.
How are you getting along with your writing? I hope you work moderately and don't get too nervous. I hope Louie and wanda and Helen are quite well --- also Doctor and Mrs. Strentzel. Remember me to them. And now, dear John, with much love to you and yours, I am as always.
Maggie[Margaret Muir Reid]
1890 Jun 1
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Reid, Margaret Muir, "Letter from Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid] to [John Muir], 1890 Jun 1." (1890). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1913.
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