Portage July 10. ’74.Mary Dear I feel quite good natured this afternoon and think I had better siege the opportunity of writing to you that I may not again treat you to a shower of cold water. Well Mary I like your picture much, and thank you most cordially for it. it is truly beautiful and the more I look at it the more it looks like you and the more I love you for I can see all your soul in it.. By the way I showed it to a young gentleman the other day who seemed spell bound over it and pronounced it a most splendid looking picture He is no mean [illegible] either and before I drop the subject I will tell you who it was. I was most heartily surprised and de- lighted the other morning [illegible] [illegible] called into the sitting room by mother to be greeted by one of the journal school students I was so glad to see any one from there that he may be thankful that he escaped being embraced and kissed. We had a most agreeable visit. He is canvessing for a book Annie was in on the 4th and so also was the Galloway family. We were20[in margin: Mother sends love. Your letter was [underlined: very good] and made the tears run out of my eyes.
also invited to the Good Templars picnic to which we went for a short time long enough however to cause my eyes to ache for several days Our Sunday school had a picnic yesterday, I went up about sunset and played croquet. Henry Reid was there but managed to keep at the other end of the ground I laughed in my sleeve and cared not. We are going to have preaching now in our church. Our minister came to town this week, and is going to live in one of the cottages. He has a little wife and a little child. I am so glad we are again to be blessed with preaching I had another letter from John who says he is still pegging away at his book. Annie wonders where the letter is which you was going to write the first week after you left. Now Mary Goodbye for I do not feel that I can write another sentence. With abounding love Joanna,[in margin: What are you doing now? Is it dull in Madison now? What under the sun was that letter I forwarded to you]
1874 Jul 10
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Muir, Joanna G., "Letter from Joanna [Muir] to Mary [Muir], 1874 Jul 10." (1874). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 281.
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