Joanna G. Muir


[Joanna Muir]


May [Mary Muir]


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was so moderate that I thought best to come and I am so glad that I did. I do not know why, but I enjoy myself fifty per cent. better than last term, I have another study too yet do not have half the anxiety over my lessons, and yet I think I stand better in my classes. But I must tell you what a wonderful thing I did [deleted: Saturday] last night, You know I am a member of the [ Sycam?], so my first attempt at debating (in public) came off last night, and instead of trembling or fearing, I was as placid and calm as an untroubled lake not even doing that which is so easy for me to do, turn red. On taking my seat I was hearty cheered, and at recess my day, what congratulations flowed in

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[in margin: Annie is well her address is Murcellon, Columbia Co, Wis.]

Osh. Wis. Jan 35 '74.

Dearest May.

And so I have actually had the pleasure of hearing from my lost sister again. I came home Friday night from school, threw down my things, sat down by the window and peevishly exclaimed, well, I guess the folks dont are anything about me, for three weeks have passed, and not a word I was ready to weep with [illegible]ation. I could not be comforted and pondered whether or not I would write to you again. Evening came and Mrs Cornell, the lady with whom I board (for I am boarding this term) announced two young gentlemen.

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waiting below to see my room mate and myself. and joyful was I when one of them placed two letters in my hand, one from you the other from Annie, They had kindly enquired for me and also intended spending the evening. it being [underlined: Friday night], for they were two of our classmates, so I was obliged to sacrifice my anxiety to read my letters, to polite ness, and entertain them. But oh! May how glad I am again to hear from you. Yes I was home Christmas and found everything much as of you indeed it seemed as though they had the same dish rag and that it hung in the same place, that each chair stood on the same spot that Mother had never changed either dress, apron or shoes, or in


fact that there had been a single motion in the house since I left. We had a fine time Christmas, I made a new calico dress, which has since been the admiration of the whole school. I also remodeled another, so that I was pretty busily engaged. I then returned to school, have, a splendid boarding place, the most pleasant I ever had in my life, and only pay $300. per week, and have my washing done too, certainly I was directed here by an unseen hand, my roommate is a very agreeable little body and I am happy. It was not convenient for me to room this term, as my old room mate left me, and then the weater seemed very cold to do our own work, and this board


Osh[kosh], Wisc.

Date Original

1874 Jan 25


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

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