Ann G. Muir


[Ann G. Muir]


Dan[iel] and Emma [Muir]



Portage Feb 1st 1878.

Dear Danl & Emma.

I hope you and the children are well, and hope you are both passing down the stream of time happily and profitably – Since you were here, I have often wished to know how you all were – and if your being from home caused you much discomfort or inconvenience – Mary is still with us and is very busy with crayon work – for a few days I have been at Sarahs home, and I enjoyed my visit – John Reid has changed his mind about going west this month, he thinks he will go -
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but it is now much better and she is about as usual – John R. and [illegible]oster has again embarked in the wool trade he would much rather go west but don’t see his way clear at this time Joanna has had a sick nervous time, but is much better, and is out in the yard, nearly all day enjoying this fine weather she intends writing to you soon. Your fathers health is quite good at present, he was much pleased to think you returned an answer, to the letter he wrote you, so soon, he seems to think he has a great deal of work on hand –


Sunday before last I had the great pleasure of hearing two ministers preach that came from Scotland two months ago – they were sent by [ them?] Presbytery to attend some meetings in Tennesee, but having friends in Portage they spent a few days here it did my heart good to hear again the kind of sermon I used to hear long ago – the first hymn that was sung was, O God of [ Bethel?], and the same tune was sung that I had heard hundreds of times In my early days – one of them preached in the morning and the other in the evening – One of them has a church in Kilmarnock and the other has

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in May, however there are six or eight men going this month to find homes. About a week ago I had a letter from your father, he thinks his health is now quite restored, and says he feels quite comfortable – We think we are having a very peculiar winter so far however the roads are now good and business improves – Your friends here are all about as usual – The girls unite with me in wishing you all much happiness – hoping to hear from you soon – May the Lord guide you with his right hand and shelter you with his love continually is the earnest wish of your affectionate Mother


Portage [Wisc.]

Date Original

1878 Feb 1


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

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