Joanna M[uir] Brown


[John Muir]



We have had a pleasant winter and I think spring is close at hand- I have been able to get the fresh air most of the time and my health is gradually coming back to me so that I am very hopeful that I may have better health than ever - The girls are all as well as usual and busy as possible, Walter is too busy for his own good but perhaps it is better than not to have enough to do.
I had a very short letter from Maggie - give her my love and tell her I will soon write I am so glad she is better -
With love to yourself and the girls I am lovingly yours

Joanna M. Brown

Port Norfolk Va

March 8th 07

[1] [Mar 8 '07]

My dear brother John:-

Your very kind letter containing the draft came safely and certainly gave me a surprise - for although I now recall your words - that you did not want any share in the money from the family estate, yet I had never thought of your turning it over to me.
At first I felt as if I could scarcely accept your generosity, but upon reflection I, realized



that you had given expression to your sincere sentiments, and as I would have done exactly the same under similar circumstances (considering dear Annie's expressed wishes) I have decided just to thank you and tell you that you have only come up to the high standard by which I have alway liked to measure you.
By this I do not wish to judge the others of the family, as doubtless they have felt justified by their needs.


We are all so very glad to hear of Helens recovered health and her pleasure and success in keeping house, Her letter to Bernice is a great satisfaction to me for I had just been wondering how she was getting along without Wanda - I think you are having the pleasure in your daughters which I have in mine - they are my jewels.
We will be watching for your new book which I trust will soon appear. Please let us know when it comes out. I suppose you are very busy with your manuscripts


Port Norfolk, Va.

Date Original

1907 Mar 8


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 27 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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