Sarah M[uir] Galloway


John Muir


[in margin: some of our first Spring blossoms for Wanda.]

Portage Wis

May 27 / 95

My dear Brother John

A few days ago we had a delightful visit with Mr & Mrs Alverson. They just took us over the road again to your sunny, beautiful house, and telling us of you all, we could almost see you, and enjoy our walks among the vineyeards and orchards and our clambering among the hills once more. Yourself, Louie, and Grandma, were perfectly natural, but Wanda, as tall as her mother instead of the little girlie less then two years old, set me to wondering how she



looked and how it would seem to see her filling so large a place in the preparing for the needs and comforts of the household. Just her mother's right hand and Helen with her books and her pets and all her bright happy ways filling her place as well.
Your visitors said they saw your valley and surroundings at their best. The variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers they thought something wonderful the roses in such profusion they were quite enthusiastic about, and we enjoyed it all over again with them.
Mrs [Bruse?] made Mother a short call, saying she would come again sometime. She was so busy helping to get



one of her daughters ready to go to Europe. She also enjoyed her visit exceedingly. Mr Forbes we have not seen yet.
I wonder if these far-reaching frosts have touched any where near your [borders?]. I do not remember of seeing so much damage done in this part of the country before. Some days near the first part of May were exceedingly warm for the season and immediately afterward the frost came. The grapevines were badly nipped. There are a few green leaves on the two vines by the fence but the [corn?] in the garden are brown and bare, a leaf here and there give us hope that perhaps they may bud



out yet. The Catalpa and Russian Mulberry trees look very bad. The potatoes have sprouted up again and the other vegetables are all right. We are so sheltered here things are not so much hurt as in the country.
We had a visit a short time since from Anna with her two children, she is pretty well. Kenneth is growing quite a boy, fond of investigating as he has opportunity. Little Marjorie is a dear wee girlie just eight weeks old. She has blue eyes, quite a contrast to Kenneth. Grace has been staying with Anna for some time. Hiram has been traveling for a Publishing house, and so is not at home very much



if he likes the business, and can do better than farming in that way, he may continue. if not, he can go back to the old work. He has not sold his stock. Celia is attending the Commercial College here, is taking a business course and enjoys it very much she works hard as she helps me about the house work as well. Mr. & Mrs. Foster also Jeanie think of going to California in the fall. I do not know whether they intend to make there home there or only visit for a time. I have not seen Maggie since hearing of it. Jamie has had a good position there for some years, not very far from



San Francisco. Mother has not been as well as usual during the changeable weather this spring. some days quite poorly and then able to walk out and seem about as usual again, generally she enjoys very comfortable health for one of her age and we are so thankful. Joanna and the children are well. Walter is working for a salary now $60.00 per mo. Traveling for a lumber company, so I think they are getting along better now, they are still in the same house as when you were here. I suppose you are still writing, when will your next book come out?
My health is better this spring, so I work out in the yard and garden as usual. With much love to you all I am Affectionately

Sarah M. Galloway


Portage, Wis

Date Original

1895 May 27


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 12.5 cm.

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



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