Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir



preserved as you have been hitherto, when in the midst of greater dangers then I know any thing of – May our heavenly father ever guard you and keep you in perfect safety at all times especially in times of trial I will be glad to hear from you when you can conveniently write – The girls join me in earnest loving wishes for your welfare. from your affectionate Mother


1878 Portage 23d March

Dear John

Your kind letter, containing your photo- is received for which I thank you – and the reading of your article in Scribner for Feby [in margin: 515] about your favorite bird, has given us much pleasure – and has been well received generally We have had a very mild winter indeed – rain and mud, instead of frost and snow and a great deal of very pleasant weather – We are all much pleased to know that you have at last made up your mind to come home and see us all once more, how long I have

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waited for this announcement – and will hope to see it realized Have just had a letter from Hamilton, your father writes that he is well and very happy so we are quite satisfied – Margt. has just called and is feeling better than she often does. I expect you know that John R – is going to Nebraska about May – the rest of our families are all well as usual. Portage still continues to grow – quite a number of houses are to be built this coming summer, and although it is a small place, yet when you come home you will see it has improved considerably Gardening has already commen- -ced here and Joanna is quite –


interested in the business of planting flowers and seeds – her health slowly but surely improves – It is four years this month since she came home from the Normal School so very sick she has suffered a great deal – but we have much to be thankful for – blessings and mercies have followed us all the days of our life – I often think how I am surrounded with blessings and comforts that many are denied of - - I expect you will again be soon starting out on your summers travels – into those dangerous paths that are of so much interest to you. I hope you will be


Portage, [Wisc]

Date Original

1878 Mar 23


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0742

Collection Identifier

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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