but if you have an oppor. to send you can guess about as well as I. I [underlined: do] wish you and [Mary?] would see if any thing can be done to the overskirt of my white dress. I hate that tucking in front and it is too long on the sides I think. The sleeves are funny but theyl do. Dear Annie never think you are wasting time when you write to me even if I don’t write they are highly [prized?] and its [underlined: awful] hard for me to write. The Dr only has to take one arm now when I walk. [Birdie?] appreciated her kisses and says she will send her picture Most lovingly Joanna
[in margin: Dear girls I love you both with all my heart.]
[in margin: Old Billing is sold.]
Racine Wis. Apr. 17.
Your letter so full of loving kindness, has been doing me good ever since I read it for it, and Annie’s letters, my graham pudding, the electric, battery and [underlined: sich], have so far cured me that I am sitting in a straight backed chair by the centre table to write instead of lying abed and furthur more I can do some pretty respectable walking
although I do get laugh ed at for an un- gainly motion once in a while. 18th Oh! Mary, in a time like this present, none but those who know by experience can estimate the comfort I take in feeling that I am so lovingly re- membered by such warm hearts and when before [underlined: our Father] too, Yes Mary I do remember [underlined: you] there. I am so glad that you are so happy, so well, and so useful, May the sun [underlined: ever] shine upon your dear head. Give my love to Mother and Maggie. Ever yours Joanna
I am glad to hear of your music lessons, for I am sure you are enjoying yourself. Yest they did read about the spelling school and of course I felt a great deal of family pride about that time, I forgot to speak of it before. [underlined: Whitt[illegible] poems]!!! Please keep me posted in regard to Mary’s affairs for I know she wont. Its honor able to tattle in a good cause. You are not going to teach are you? I do not know what I shall want sent yet as I do not know how well I shall be
[on envelope:] 4/17/74 Joanna
Miss Mary Muir Portage City Wis. [underlined: Box 116]
[in margin: The Dr wants David to come down for a week or so make him come]
Dear Folks at Home
Had just finished reading your more than welcome letter and kissed the little [illegible] when John made his appearance. Was glad to hear all the news I speck he will tell you I am not particulary lively but I have managed to take cold, and Anna knows how that goes. Had a ride today
expect I shall soon be much better Mary write [underlined: soon], please Heaps of love to all.
[in margin: Home]
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Muir, Joanna G., "Letter from Joanna [Muir] to Mary [Muir], [1874 ?] Apr 17-19." (1874). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 268.
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