Sarah M[uir] Galloway


[John Muir]


Scappoose, Oregon,

April 21, 1903.

My dear Brother John:

I hear that you are getting ready to start off on the longest trip you have yet made, and how much you will enjoy the wonders of these far-off countries that will be new to you. It will take a long time to make the round of this old world, and long before we shall see your face again, but in your interest in the new and grand and beautiful, the time will seem shorter to you. May the Lord keep you safely in all your wanderings and bring you safely home again to us all.
We are enjoying the beautiful spring-time again. The grass is fresh and green, the flowers are blossoming and the cherry and prune trees are in bloom. Some of the garden things are up, and lots more are sown and planted.
Mrs. Whitney arrived at home last week. She sais her eyes were hungry for the green of Oregon, all seems beautiful to her after the long cold winter in Minn. She says she will never complain of the rain and damp weather here again. Her visits among her people were very pleasant, but she will wait for them to visit her here next time.
Anna is well again, and is busy with chickens and helping in the garden when she can. The children are attending school and are doing well with their studies. The schoolhouse is near by and they have a good teacher.
I had a letter from Joanna not very long since. She had not been very well, but the girls seem to be getting on well. I also received a letter from Mrs. Lunam lately. She sent it to the old Portage address and it was forwarded to me here. Her daughter Maggie is getting well again, and was able to be about the garden and house. She had not been in Dunbar for seven months, but was ready to go when the weather was fine, I have not written to her, since before Christmas, but must soon. I hope you are feeling strong and well to start on your journey, and shall hope to hear from you when possible. I hope Louie and the girls are well. It will be hard for them to see you go to be away so long. Love to all, from
Your sister,
Sarah M. Galloway.

It might be a good thing to leave the envelope with my bank certificates where I could get them, if it should be needful for me to draw the interest on them while you are gone, or could put the money where I could make more out of it.



Scappoose, Ore.

Date Original

1903 Apr 21


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20.5 cm.

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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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