[Margaret Hay Lunam]
January 26, 1903
Dear Cousin: Our sister Anne, one of the twins, died at her home in Portage on the 15th of this month, of Apoplexy after a weeks illness. Only Daniel was, of all the family, able to be with her at the last. We were all surprised & shocked, for her health for the last year or two seemed to be growing better, & she had written long holiday letters as usual to us all in lively spirits. For more than a month she had been pretty closely confined to the house, partly from illness & partly from the severity of the weather. On New Years day she
wrote a long letter to Helen & Wanda telling of a merry sleigh ride she had enjoyed & how she had been visiting her friends & bible class after the confinement to the house, etc. On the evening of the 8th she was stricken with apoplexy & Dan was telegraphed for. On the 11th she seemed better, but gradually failed. Mary may have been with her at the last, for she lives in Kearney, Nebraska, within a days distance, but we have not heard that she got notice in time.
I think poor Anne often over tasked herself in church work, in which she was very zealous.
Sarah is still with her lonely sorrowing daughter Anna in Oregon I think I wrote that her husband Hiram Eastman died suddenly about a month ago in Chicago, where
he had gone to be treated for a cancerous growth that began to trouble him a year or more ago. She is left with two little children & I have not yet been able to find out what the bereaved family is going to do, - stay in Oregon, return to Portage, or come here.
The last we heard from Joanna she was not feeling well.
I hope you & Maggie are getting comfortably through the winter. We are all about as usual here. I sent a little money to you for the poor a month or so ago. which no doubt has reached you ere this. When we get more word of poor Anne I'll let you know. With love I am ever your cousin John Muir
1903 Jan 26
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 21 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Margaret Hay Lunam], 1903 Jan 26." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2505.
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