Louie [Strentzel Muir]
Portage, June 11, 1896
I got here yesterday at 2 o'clock P.M.
When I was within two 2 hrs of Kearney I telegraphed ahead to Mary & she & Willis & all the children met me at the station. The train stopped on 2 or 3 minutes & I had barely time to rush out & drag Mary & Helen aboard before Willis could say boo.
We found Mother very sick & low & Sarah & Annie said God has sent you But this morning mother is much better & ate a good breakfast & asked me all about you & Grandma Wanda & Helen She has been confined to bed only a day or two & seems quite bright & hopeful. Of course she was very glad to see Mary & me - "her ain bairns" as she sad. The doctor tells me that she is likely to recover from this last illness (biliousness) & live comfortably through the summer
But she is now 83 yrs old & is liable to leave us any time.
I feel sleepy & benumbed after so much carbonic acid in the sleeping car & the natural care that comes with mother's condition.
Sarah & Joanna & Annie were extremely glad to see Mary. about whose coming they had no news. Of course I'll stop here until I see whether Mother to going to get well. & then be governed by circumstances. Mother said so eagerly this morning that she would like to see Wanda I almost wish I had tried to bring her.
Ill let you know when any change occurs. Be very careful about fire.
With love to all
Ill write soon to the children
1896 Jun 11
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to Louie [Strentzel Muir] , 1896 Jun 11." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 45.
Reel 09, Image 0188
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