Joanna M[uir] Brown


John Muir


Portage Wis

Dec 19, 1890

Dear Brother John: An entire year has passed since we have had any correspondence, but as I have been in Portage during that time, of course I have heard news of you and possibly from the other members of the family you have heard of us. I felt very much inclined still to remain silent as I did not have any good news to tell, but on reflection, I could not let these good days



to by without the word of kindly greeting, for it seems that love must manifest itself in some way, either by word or deed, when the holiday season comes to us. So I will just say that I love you better than ever - for I think that love grows stronger as our years go by - and when this busy time is over I will begin the New Year with a letter to you. Wishing you and Louie and the dear children a very Happy Christmas and New Year I am

Affectionately Yours

Joanna M. Brown



Portage, Wis

Date Original

1890 Dec 19


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0759

Collection Identifier

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

Copyright Statement

Some letters written to John Muir may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Owning Institution

Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.


1 page


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



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.