Mary Muir


Mary [Muir]


[Daniel Muir]


[illegible – words cut off during photographing] [in margin: 3] Emma we want her to do so awful much. All come together – Give my love to Emma and tell her to put in at least a few words in your next letter- I guess baby will give her time for that much – Annie sends love – she is recovering slowly but is not at all flourishing She sits up part of the day now – Annie Joanna says “tell Dan I received his Jan. letter and am very glad to hear that you all are so well – his prescription did its duty well, and this week I am feeling the best that I ever do” – She has been going about quite a little without her cane today – and is very cheerful and happy. Write again soon – Lovingly [illegible]

[in margin: Mother sends love to [underlined: all.] She is at church just now.]

Portage, Wis. [in margin: [1]] Feb. 20./76.

My dear brother

Your spicy little notes come in due time and made me happy all over in the knowledge of being remembered by you. I was exceeding delighted to hear from you. Allow me to congratulate you on your [underlined: grand triumph] as a correspondent. I am only too glad to answer all your questions. As you see I am still in Portage – but in just a week tomorrow I hope to go to Madison with my pictures – I did

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[in margin: [2]] not go in Jan. as I expected – since there had been some change in time of opening the exhibition and my pictures would not be need before the 1st of March. With the exception of finishing a little water color picture. I am nicely ready for Madison I painted another picture just the size of the one I commenced in Racine which is a picture of a calla – and a calla only. It has one bud and one blossom. The picture [underlined: you saw] is quite finished and I like it, but think I prefer the calla. I put shells and plants on the stand so it looks quite f[illegible] -ed now. I think you would like them both – I thank you for your information regarding that [underlined: art easel] – but do not think at present, of contributing to it. No – I scarcely think I shall ever give lessons in painting to [underlined: Racinians] – but we cannot always tell what we will do – I think of taking lessons in crayon drawing this coming week since there has come to town a teacher of crayoning that works wonders – so they say – One week of lessons will be all that is necessary. When do you intend having Birdies picture ready for me I want to see your [underlined: black blue] eyed [underlined: baby very much]. Will you truly make us a


Portage, Wisc.

Date Original

1876 Feb 20


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0387

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