Mother [Ann Gilrye 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
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
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
1878 Mar 23
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.
Muir, Ann Gilrye, "Letter from Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir] to John Muir, 1878 Mar 23." (1878). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 409.
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