Sarah M[uir] G[alloway]


John Muir



have sunshine, frost, and a little snow much more like our usual winter weather.
In regard to Joanna's affairs, she has been kept pretty close for some time, but Annie has helped her some, and as she Annie has received some money from David she says she can help her some more until she gets her [own?] money. I have let her have a little too to help her out so I think she wll get along all right at present. I have not quite decided what will be the best thing to do with the money when it comes, Our folks in both family[s?] have lost so much in the Bank things seem so uncertain just now

With love to you all I am


Sarah M.G.


Portage. Wis.

Jan. 6. /97

Dear brother John

Yours of Decr 28th was received in due time and I thank you for your kind wishes and also for the order you so kindly sent us. I had it cashed the next day and handed to those in town, each their part, and the others will follow on, so each one of the Clan will have a Christmas remembrance from you. I send many thanks for mine and will put in into something that I can often look at. I was glad to know that you were all fairly well.



We had quite a pleasant time on Christmas, in the first place while I was just starting the fire in the morning Grace walked in, which was a great pleasure and though she could only stay until the next Monday morning, the short visit did her lots of good, she had a bad cold but was looking well. Joanna and the children were with us to Christmas dinner also Hiram Anna and the children so you see all that could get together were here. On the next day when we were all together, Joanna too had come in again, our Pastor (whom you have met) was also here. Celia was at the organ and we were having some music when I received a letter from


Mrs Lunam, full of kind wishes, and loving remembrances of our Mother, in that way she too, seemed to come into our midst, and her words were like a benediction.
She said she had heard from you lately.
New Years day was unusually mild and warm, for a week it had been dark, cloudy and misty with some rain, on that day the sun shone out in the afternoon making it seem like a new world after all the darkness, making it seem a cheerful beginning for the year, but the next morning it was as dull and dark and wet as ever and so continued for two or three days more. now we


Portage, Wisc.

Date Original

1897 Jan 6


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.

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

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