S [arah] M[uir] Galloway


John Muir & Louie [Strentzel Muir]



Portage, Wis.

Dec 22nd /90

My dear brother John, and Sister Louie,

It does not seem so very long since we were exchanging Christmas greetings, and yet we are just about to enter upon a new year, and soon will have passed another of the milestones on our life journey, as we pass along the way, dear ones are leaving us for the better land; and we go on, under the clouds, if we try to go alone, but amid the sunshine (even if we do not see it sometimes) if truly under the guidance and direction of our heavenly Father who cares for the least of us.


I wish you could look in upon us, we are a very busy household, each in our own way, the house is well filled too, Mother and Aunt Annie, Joanna and her three children Grace and myself, then there is a daughter of Levi Dates who is boarding with me and attending school this winter, so you can guess there is some boiling and baking going on. The weather, so far, has been very mild, indeed, we have had no severe frosts yet, but our worst storms usually come after Christmas. Your Alaska trip must have proved a very pleasant change for you the past summer John I saw



newspaper article describing the Muir Glacier, also Prof. Muir's summer cottage on the ice, of Prof. Reed and staff who set up their tents next to yours; of your climbing, sketching, and sitting up all night admiring the wonderful Aurora Borealis. I can imagine your pleasure and delight. We greatly enjoyed your Yosemite article in the Century, it revived memories of what I had read, and of so many things you told us of, while Maggie and I were with you these years ago. It seems a long, long time since then, there seems to be a space there that cannot be easily bridged over. Can you tell why?


Louie I have been busy for some time as I have had opportunity knitting some woolen lace for Wanda and Helen, I thought it would be pretty for their flannel underskirts, I had hoped to have it finished to be in time for Christmas but it will be a little late. May you all have much of happiness this Christmas time, and may the coming year be filled for you, with God's best gifts. Remember me lovingly to Grandma, may the sunshine of love crown every step of her pathway through life.

Very Affectionately

S. M. Galloway


Portage, Wis

Date Original

1890 Dec 22


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x12.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0761

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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