Joanna [Muir Brown]
I dreamed about them last night and thought they were here with us and that you were soon coming too so that you could all go home together and I thought you were all going to stay all the Fall with us; and when I awoke I wished it might come to pass.
Walter joins me in sincere love and sympathy.
Yours most affectionately
Port Norfolk Va
Aug. 7, 1905
Dear brother John
It is with a very heavy heart that I attempt to write this morning for I know that I shall not be able to express to you what I feel for you and the girls and my words will seem, after all, like very empty
Walter and our girls came so very near being in the same possition, last winter, that you are at this time, that we all feel that we can fully realize what you are going through now, and we are all in deepest sympathy.
I do hope that Sarah has been able to come
to you to help comfort the girls with her sweet motherly love. Poor Maggie would do so much if she were only able.
Please tell Wanda and Helen that my love goes out to them in deepest sympathy and I would take them in my arms if I only could. I wish they and you could come and see us sometime when it becomes possible. Tell them
Port Norfolk, Va.
Original letter dimensions:: 17.5 x 27.5 cm.
Brown, Joanna Muir, "Letter from Joanna [Muir Brown] to [John Muir], 1905 Aug 7." (1905). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3381.
Reel 15, Image 0635
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