Joanna G. Muir


Joanna [Muir]


Emma [Muir]



and ships it. If you do send up here for some mother thinks you would like Mrs Mitchel’s better than Mrs [Arnot’s?] as the latter makes it [underlined: very] salt (I am getting into such a habit of scrawling I am afraid I shall never be able to write decently again!) We, that is your, Portage relatives are all enjoying pretty good health, Maggie is in the country at present visiting John’s folks. I guess my eyes are a little better and tell the Doctor I am becoming daily more and more grateful for his little bottles of medicine & I think it is going to hold out well. Mother sends her love. Lovingly Yours, Joanna


Portage City Wis. May 16th 1874.

Dear Emma,

You may perhaps have expected an acknowledgement of your naughty little note ere this, but the fact is I have only just recovered from a serious fit of indignation. Did such a cloud of obstacles loom up before you that you felt incapable of overcoming them, or did you [deleted: or did you] have an unfavorable vision concerning the affair? You did not give any cause for your conclusion. I, or rather [underlined: we]

[in margin: If it is convenient for you I think I will now avail myself of your [reding etc.?] pattern which you offered me. The one from which you cut your black dress. [illegible] not trouble to cut it off and I will take good care of it and send it back. I want to have a dress fixed over [illegible] J.]

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[in margin: I shall be very glad to hear from you [underlined: soon], and the Doctor also.]

hope however that ere the season is over you may yet make us a visit. [ Mother?] and I have been quite busily engaged in mak- ing garden and already rejoice in the possession of of a beautiful row of peas of which we are very proud. We also have a good bed of lettuce (I should think that would bring her), and several rows of corn planted. Our [illegible] [illegible] is doing finely as is also Miss Murphy and the other ships. How are your plants prospering and how does gardening flourish? We had a letter from Father last night who is delighted with his new home


and as usual is busily employed in improving both house and grounds after which he will doubt- less become tired of it He however enjoys it at present. John has sent us some more of his pictures which are better than the ones from which Mary copied yours they look very natural and are the same size. I wish we had yours and Dan’s also. I have enquired about the price of butter here and at present it is about [illegible] it is higher than formerly owing to a man having moved here lately who buys up all the butter


Portage City, Wisc.

Date Original

1874 May 16


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0085

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