Joanna [Muir Brown]


John Muir



we have heard it from others He looks old and worn, even though he seems to have a good degree of vitality; but I hate to see him try a new place at his age even though I do think Lincoln has a most trying climate. It is much hotter in summer and much colder in winter than here in Virginia.
The girls are working hard and long in the office, and Bernice and I are in about our usual health.
We unite in love, and best wishes for holiday happiness.


Sister Joanna

Dec 15 1913


622 Hawthorne Ave

Ginter Park

Richmond Virginia

My Dear Bro. John:-

Christmas Season again, with the many letters to be written! Whether stirred by the spirit of festivity or by the Spirit of worship, from having seen "the Star in the East" the whole world seems to awake from lethargy at this time, even though Nature is having her rest time.
We selected this card for you because of the pine trees in its decoration; and all these New Year wishes I wish you from my heart.
I trust you may have many




years yet in which to write all the books, which it is in your heart, to write - both for the joy of writing, and for the good it may do the world.
I recd your Oct. letter with its kind expression, and I am truly thankful for my good brother.
We had a series of lectures recently from a Scotchman of Aberdeen, Sir William Ramsey; who is said to be one of the greatest Archiologists of the present time. He was not a good speaker but the fire of knowledge and the love of it, were burning in his soul


and in some way found expression. He was endeavoring to prove from scientific research the trustworthiness of the New Testament principally the writings of Luke.
I too am very sorry about Sarah being left alone in her little cottage. It seems too bad at her age, even though David is so near at hand, I suppose Anna Eastman thought her duty at present is to her growing children. It is rumored that Dan and his wife and little girl are going to leave Lincoln after all these years and seek a new home in Oregon. They have not told us of it yet but


Richmond, Va.

Date Original

1913 Dec 15


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 24.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 21, Image 1066

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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