Mary [Muir Hand]
Sep. 21. 189
Dear brother John
and family -
No doubt you have about given up all thought of hearing from me. I have been for too long in writing, but never mind I may do better in days to come. Before me lies a letter, partly ready that was written for you a month ago. If you will give credit for a little good intention, I will proceed to rewrite some of it.
I thank you for the Atlantic Monthly you
sent us nearly a year ago.
We enjoyed your article The Yellowstone Park, very much indeed, and greatly appreciate your kindness in sending it. Willis thinks it very fine.
A short time ago our near neighbor, Mrs. Prof. Morey gave me an Atlantic Monthly to read containing your article The Yosemite National Park. We were greatly pleased, as we always are with your writings.
Some time ago I sent my copy of "The Mountains of California" to a neighbor, the lady is so charmed with it she wants a copy and
will get one when possible.
Since seeing you, my time has been well filled at least so it seems to me. Housework, sewing, mending, painting, some reading [illegible]. making a continual list being always repeated. I have made some portraits that we like, one of you John - that quite pleases me. Has Mr. Keith made your portrait? You know he told me he would see you in a few days.
I have often wondered whether or not you heard of Thomas Hill
and should like to know if the report of his death is true, or if he still lives.
And you have latily returned from another Alaska trip. I read your name in the list of members of the "Harriman Expedition", a distinguished company indeed. We would appreciate hearing you give an account of the pleasure and profit that came to you: From so distinguished a party wisdom and fun, must have been continual.
I received a good letter from Carrie [Orven?] some weeks ago
but she told me - Louie that you were sick, I hope you are now quite recovered.
Wanda I will write write to you some day, for I owe you a letter, and this partnership letter is not enough. I heartily thank you for the valuable present you sent me at Christmas time. the Batenburg centerpiece. It is quite admired by my friends here; some of them are making Batenburg lace, and are interested they have done some fine work.
Willis had sad news last week. His brother living in Spokane, Washington wired him of his father severe illness, and two days later wired of his death. The remains were taken from Spokane to Portage to be laid there with others of the family. Grandma Hand died about five years ago. Willis started for Portage four days ago and will not be home for a few days yet.
We are all in usual health, I am real well Helen send love to Wanda and Helen.
Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14 cm.
Hand, Mary Muir, "Letter from Mary [Muir Hand] to [John Muir], 189 Sep 21." (1899). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2448.
Reel 10, Image 0987
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