Sarah M[uir] Galloway


Emma [Muir]



Portage, Wis.

Oct 26/98

[in margin: John has been taking a long trip East and South, but I fear he will not be able to visit us this year.]

Dear Sister Emma

I have heard that you are not very strong and I have thought of writing to you for a long time. You know I have had good opportunity of finding out just how it seems to go pulling along without much strength or energy to do the things that you would, or what need to be done. I hope that by this time you are better and that life goes more cheerily for you.
My health is better than usual this summer. I have not been able to do half of the things I would like to do, but am still


so much stronger that I have been very thankful indeed.
In June I went out to the country and staid with Anna three weeks, that was the time of strawberries, and we were very busy picking for every-day use and [doing?] up, then the currants were ripe and we gathered those for [canning?] and before they were finished the cherries were ripe, and they were fine, we gathered and put up quantities of them, between times there was often work in hand and I think I never spent a more busy three weeks, I was very weery, but the change did me good. This summer we are quite busy, taking care of the garden and keeping the yard looking nice, that, with the


homework give plenty of exercise. and we enjoy seeing things look well. The shrubs and flowers were fine in the early months. One of my flower beds was bordered with english violets, which was beautiful, there were such a profusion of blossoms that their fragrance just filled that part of the yard. Do you keep as many house plants as ever? Mine fills the windows and more, they are pretty too and are a comfort to look at when all is winter out-side. We have been having a little winter this week, on Tuesday we had a snow storm all day, the wind blowing high and cold, and though this is the second day after, the ground is mostly white yet, but I think


when the weather clears off again it will be warm and pleasant. I suppose you have all of your girls with you excepting Anita. Mine are all gone away from home and it is lonesome for me. Celia was home a few days in the spring and Grace had her vacation in the fall but she had to spend it nearly all taking treatment for Rhumatism, she was out of the office nine weeks. Anna comes to town once in a while, her health is better, the children are growing finely and are strong and well. Sister Annie is very well for her, she has got a wheel and has been learning to ride it.
I hope that your family, the girls and your little boy, are well, also [illegible] [illegible] it is a long time since I have heard from any of you.

Love to you all


Sister Sarah


Portage, Wisc.

Date Original

1898 Oct 26


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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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