David G. Muir


D[avid] G. Muir


John Muir



Office of Parry & Muir, Dealers in Dry Goods, Fine Clothing, Boots and Shoes, &c.,

Portage, Wis., Dec 16 1874.

Dear Brother John

You in your last letter to me mentioned money matters I thought today I would try to make a statement. you stated that you did not know the difference between my [illegible] with you & that of [Parry?] & Muir — what I got of you is Signed D E Muir & the Notes or receipts of Parry & Muir are Signed with the firm Name As near as I can make out I owed you before your Earliest Dates $88.00 also Oct 12/66 198.00 Nov 20/66 90 00 Dec 24/70 385.00 ——— Total amt I owe Personaly $761.00

The Firm owes you June 12/69 278.25 Dec 16/69 353.08 Sep 26/71 582.50 ——— $1213.83


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Now for what I p[illegible] out for your 1867 Oct 22 pd Express chgs on plants 225 “ 23 “ Dan Muir ——— 2700 Dec 5 Sent you to Cedar Keys 7500 1868 Jan 30 pd chgs on Box from Cedar Keys 385 Mch 11 “ “ “ “ —————— 125 Sept 1st “ for Book for Joanna & Annie 338 1871 Dec -Sent to the Suffer[illegible] Wis fi[illegible]500 1872 Books for Christmas presents 1195

And from Jan 1/70 to May 30/74 I have paid Mary in Cash & M[illegible] 1034.07 ———— Total paid out for you $1163.75 I owe you personally [arrow drawn here] 761.00 ————— 40275 So Parry & Muir (The Firm) has paid for you $402.75. I have fixed our books to agree with the above. So all you have to do is to return my Notes or receipts & Keep those of the firm — & tell me how much I owe you for interest — ——————————— Now you understand that I have paid out for you all I owe you (Except interest) Further more The Firm has paid out for you $402.[underlined: 75]

Were I able I would gladly assist you in helping Mary but we have had our hands full & lack of capital is still our only trouble

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Office of Parry & Muir, Dealers in Dry Goods, Fine Clothing, Boots and Shoes, &c.,

Portage, Wis., ____________187__.

I have been reading you articles in Overland with great interest I have taken that Magazine all summer. We were greatly relieved when you reported yourself safety after your Mt Shasta ascent & descent We had hoped you would spend the winter here but you seem to have settled in Oakland again, hope you are Succeeding to your Satisfac -tion in your pursuit We are all well. Mother, Mary, & Anna ([ parts of the?] [illegible]) live alone in the brick house. Joanna is living in Racine with Dan & is reported gaining slowly


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Jno Reid says he owes you Nothing The last time you Sent us money Dan got $100.[underlined: 00] of it at your request They had a party a week ago at Magie’s (specialy invited) & just in the middle of it her Son No 2 made his appearance & Shortly after the party broke up. Now this is an argument Either for or against parties as you will. There has not been any at our house for 2 ½ years & shall hereafter be afraid of such gatherings Sarah & family are well as are all of the family I suppose you think I am a poor correspondent I have so much writing that I have to do I am very apt to neglect those who can be put off but in a short time when I get time I write try to write you a letter Write soon & b[illegible] me You [illegible] love D [illegible] [illegible] Muir


Portage, Wis

Date Original

1874 Dec 16


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 cm.

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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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