Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir


[4]I shall be able to say that John is home on a visit - such an event would be hail- -ed with gladness but we will be patient — You were inquiring about Mr Duncan he is well, and goes about the farm as usual, and seldom leaves home. The youngest boy does most of the work — With an earnest prayer that Heavens bests blessing may ever rest down upon you I remain your affectionate Mother ———— 00701 [1] 1874 Portage Nov [ 21?]Dear John I have received your three very interesting and welcome letters. I am very thankful to a kind Providence that preserved you in the danger- -ous ascent of Mount Shasta and how fortunate it was that you had got down to the timber line before that storm of wind and snow came I hope by this time you will have arrived at Oakland in safety — I have just been reading and trying to understand your piece on Post-Glacial denudation in the Overland Monthly for Nov – but I think

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[2]my knowledge of science as well as of some other studies are very limited — I hope you enjoyed your trip to the valley as much as you expected I have had a letter today from your father he is quite well but is rather impatient about me staying in Portage – a few weeks ago I had a letter from Dunbar informing me of my sister Margarets death she died on the 27th day of Sept. thus leaving me the last remnant of a numerous family, it seemed like a very loud call to me that I should be ready for a like summons, she was 78 years of age. My mother was just 78 years old when she died, and my father was [3] 88 years old when he died my parents have mouldered in the dust over 20 years – but Christ is the resurrection and the life and if we believe in him our souls will never die Daniel has been home for a few days he thought that Joanna should go to Racine with him and he would try to help her – she has been with him about 5 weeks – she writes that she is much better then when she left home. Mary has been home about a month she is well and sends you much love and so does Anna all the rest of the family with their families are all well at present — I wonder when


Portage, [Wisc]

Date Original

1874 Nov 21


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0217

Collection Identifier

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

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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