Sarah [Muir Galloway]


John Muir



inventions illustrated and brought out so well, they were all so wonderful. Your desk with the wonderful machinery that did the work required so well seems one of the greatest. I have a copy of it that you penciled and gave me. in [those?] early days. Though you did so much of that and other work under difficulties that seemed stern, later on Father saw the mistake and urged Mary and Joanna to govern their children by love and not by fear. With love to you I am Affectionately

Your Sister Sarah.


[in margin: I have wondered about the proper name of this variety of heath. I have the shrub growing in the garden.]

Pacific Grove, Calif.

April 9th-1918

My dear brother John:-

Yesterday your book "The Story of my Boyhood and Youth" arrived bringing me much pleasure. I send you many thanks!! for your kindness. I have already been reading and reading and how it all brings back to me the memories of long ago. The home life with its pleasures and difficulties that had in some measure passed from my mind.



you had much to struggle against and overcome but generally those who have made the most of their life have been those who have had many difficulties and perplexities to overcome that others know nothing of. As I look at the old Fountain Lake House I remember your patient careful work in penciling it so that every minute detail should be brought out perfectly, and how well you succeeded. The Lake and meadow view is fine and brings to mind


[our?] admiring and gathering the beautiful wild flowers that grew so plentifully. and the walks we took about the Lake and the hills on the other side and Oh! the beauty of the sunsets over the Lake: All those things were a source of never failing pleasure. The Hickory Hill farm I never was as fully acquainted with though I have raked and [bound?] wheat after the cradle there too.
It is fine that you have your clocks and other


Pacific Grove, Calif.

Date Original

1913 Apr 9


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.

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

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



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