Joanna G. Muir


Joanna [Muir]


Mary [Muir]


3and wants to know if mother has not yet repented He says he is very happy and distributes tracts every day. Will [Whitelaw?] came and invited me to an excursion to Devils lake last Saturday which I accepted I enjoyed the lake exquisitely the scenery was beautiful and the boat riding magnificent, How I wish you could have been there. Perhaps we can go when you come home. I stayed down in Caledonia Saturday night and the next day went to a19 Portage Wis June [3?] 1874.Darlingest Mary. I received your long expected letter and was most heartily amused with its contents and laughed out right when you requested me to burn it. I did as required however, well knowing by experience that the writer of each information is the only one who sees any cause for being asham ed of it. Truly you have had a serious time, though surely a very pleasant one. You cannot have failed to enjoy it

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but it is a shame that Robbie is offended. It would be too bad to lose the friendship of so pleasant a little fellow student I should think when he lives so companitively near that he would come and see you during va- cation. You ought to en- vite him. I suppose however that the other does not live very far off either. Ha, ha. How ridiculous that I did not tell you about Father. We have had several letter, one only last night. He is keeping house entirely, Improv- ing the place by [ planting?] setting out trees etccamp meeting down at Merrimack then returned home Monday so you see I have had consider able fresh air. Maggie is gone to the dells tomorrow with a party and has invited me to go too but I hardly think I can at present. I had much rather go with you. Why don’t you folks [arrange?] an ex- cursion up there I am sure it would pay. Would not May like to go, and this would be a stopping place. We could do the most fashionable way and camp out about a week so you could paint. Annie was home last week and continues to enjoy her school. I have not heard from John lately.

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5[in margin: for pitties sake do not allow this horrid looking letter to live burn it as I do yours] Sarah has been staying with us this week and wishes mother and I to go home with her on Saturday. We think we will, and on my return I shall expect to find a letter from you so you had better hurry up James Balentine was [burned?] last week he died of lung fever there has been a large number of funerals here lately but I do not think you are acquainted with any I fear you will [illegible] make out[on envelope: 6/3/1874 frm Joanna Miss Mary Muir Madison Wisconsin] [in square box: 19]

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6my letter to day but my eyes ache so that I can not do any better. You see I have written a letter besides this and they are tired out so you will overlook all scrawling I am [sure?] for I could not wait any longer to write to you Now mate be prompt if you cannot take much time and tell me as near as you can when you will be home. Most lovingly JoannaTell May I want her to send her love to me.


Portage, wisc.

Date Original

1874 Jun 3


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0089

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