Joanna G. Muir


Joanna G. Muir


Sister Mary [Muir]



[circled: 13]

[in margin: Annie says please send a postal immediately if she is to send the money]

Portage, Jan. 30, 77.

Dear Sister May,

How do you do, and how do you like Summer weather in January? Have you had any sleigh riding during the week past? I sup- pose you are too much a person of business to indulge [underlined: much] in so unpractical a use of time but as I am not a use- ful member of society I have spent nearly every afternoon of late in a cutter and with no “Little Billy” in front of it either. The fact is, David has now a horse which I can [deleted: drive] manage and


also a very nice little cutter and as Katie like myself has plenty [underlined: time] at command we make excellent use of both. I doubt not that you have been having a very enjoyable time entertaining a special friend of yours He made us a fleeting call one morning somewhere between midnight and 7’-30 A.M. He seemed some- how to be suddenly emptied into the kitchen to the great dismay of Annie whose basque was still lying in the rocking chair but who with her skirts on and a shovel most expeditiously wrapped about her shook hands quite dignifiedly and then made as

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elegant an exit as possible Nothing of importance has occurred here of late, excepting that there is one addition to the colored population of Portage and the unit is at the res- idence of [underlined: Bluford Turner] Miss Osborne inquires very frequently inquires when you will return home as she wishes some assistance in crayoning, her health is greatly improved, Mrs Seum[illegible] also wishes to take a study of you. How did you like the furs which Willis conveyed to you? By the way Annie wants to know if hers came or if only some for you as she will soon send the money where with to pay for them if there are


any for her. How do religious matters prosper in Madison The interest does not increase as much as we had hoped in this place Jenny Staly is still sick sometimes better and some- times worse, it must be very discouraging. We are all about as usual as far as health is concerned, I trust you are well, and shall be glad to hear from you soon. I will enclose a [underlined: little some] of Fathers and Mother’s hair. Mother and Annie send their love, and I am the sister who loves you very [underlined: very] much [underlined: much].

Joanna [illegible].


Portage [Wisc.]

Date Original

1877 Jan 30


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