Sarah [Muir Galloway]


[John Muir]



Portage. Wis.

April 21 / 98

Dear Brother John

This will be your birthday and you too will have reached over the sixty line. What a surprising family we are, three of us over sixty and only the youngest of the eight under fifty. That is quite a record considering that a number of us have suffered from ill health so much of the time.
Well John with all my heart I wish you many happy returns of the day, may your later years be your best ones



with the smile of the Lord resting upon you all.
I received the copy of the Atlantic Monthly you so kindly sent me for which send you many thanks. Your article on the Yellowstone is very fine indeed. I have wandered with you over the wonderful scenery, and listened to you talk as we went along, every point of interest thought out so beautifully and so clearly. It is the nearest and finest view of that wonderland that I shall enjoy which in this body. I expect, maybe when I get my new one, the Lord will make it possible


for me to see many of the glorious works of his hands.
I was very sorry to hear that Maggie is so poor I hope that ere long she will take a turn for the better. I am glad that she is enjoying a visit with her girls.
We are pretty well here we have been busy getting the yard and things cleaned up.
The spring is always a very pleasant time, we are so glad to uncover, and see the blubs and plants sprouting and putting forth their new leaves, and giving promise of another crop of blossoms.



The season here is a late one, the spring has been cold and wintry, but we have had plenty of rain, something that you have very much lacked I hear.
I am expecting Anna in for a visit, I have not seen the children since about New Year. I suppose you know that Celia is in Chicago, she is working in the same Office with Grace, and boarding at the same house. I hear from them often.
I hope that you are all well, I suppose are busy writing, writing, making it clear to the people where they ought to go and spend their summers.

Love to you all from



Portage, Wisc.

Date Original

1898 Apr 21


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 12.5 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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