Sarah [Muir Galloway]


[John Muir]



Portage, Wis.

Feb 11./99

Dear brother John

I had a letter from Maggie yesterday in which she told me of Louie's long and serious illness, I heard some time ago that she was sick, but supposed that she would be well again until Maggie's letter came, she also said that for some days she had been better, I hope that she will keep on improving and soon regain her usual health.
I hear that your winter in proving colder than usual I wonder if you will feel



the difference as much as we do here, we have not had such a cold winter in many years, it has been intensely cold, and so long continued. we have had very cold weather for about three weeks, but this last one has been the worst of all, two days ago in the morning the thermometer showed 32° below zero, the next day a degree or two higher but things were as badly frozen up in the house today a little better, it has been a big job just to keep the fires going and yet the meals, besides trying to keep warm. but just before the worst weather commenced I changed off my old heating



stove that was badly burnt out and yet a good new one for the dining room, that I can do some cooking on as well, so now when the weather is so cold I can prepare all we need without going to the kitchen except on baking days. That is one of the comforts I got for myself through your kindness John.
Hiram came to town today and called in a while, we were asking how the children were getting on, if Kenneth went out these cold days, he said yet, he comes out to the [house?] where I am going chores and one day he looked up in my face and said Papa, something is pinching my



nose just like needles pricking. I thought he described the freezing process pretty well. his father rubbed his nose for him and told him be had better fo to the house and see what Marjorie was doing.
I have been having the Grippe again, and so have been shut up in the house for quite a while, but when the weather get milder I will be ready to go out again. I have got through it much more easily than usual, and am thankful. it seems as though few have escaped the disease this winter. Wanda and Helen have had it too I heard, I hope that they are keeping well now.
I suppose you still keep



busy with your pen. In one of your letters while traveling you spoke of seeing about having another book brought out in Boston, will it be long before it is published? we will be on the look out for it.
We heard from Joanna very lately, they were all well, and seem to be getting on all right. I think Joanna's health is better for some time. They have had very cold weather there too.
I am glad that we are nearing the time where we begin to look forward to the spring time again, when we can be out of doors more and enjoy the sunshine.
I had a letter from [Elle?]



some time ago, she seems to be full of energy and is working bravely, she sems to think they had done very well with their last years work. Miss Shuyer tells us that David look much better and stronger than while in the [Store?] here, I suppose that he enjoys the out of door work too.
Well John I have been long in writing to thank you for your kindness, but it has been fully appreciated also your kind greetings and words of good cheer. Tell Louie that I sympathize with her in her sickness and hope soon to hear of her recovery.

Love to you all




Portage, Wisc.

Date Original

1899 Feb 11


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.

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

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