Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]
Portage, Oct. 20th, 1878.
I hope this will find you well. It seems a long time since I have had a letter from you. Perhaps there is one on the way for me now. I am delighted with the bouquet from the banks of Loch Lomond - how very kind of your friend to send it to you.
We have also had the pleasure of a visit from Mr. Calvin Hewitt. He told us he had been in Cal. and had met you in the Mariposa grove, and he gave me two very large cones, and two small ones that he said grew on the largest trees. He wished to see David, but he had gone off on a week's visit.
Last week I had a kind letter from my sister's daughter, Mrs. Lunam. She is now a widow and lives in the same house with her daughter and has the old garden. She sent me the likeness of her daughter and also one of Mr. Hay, my cousin, the architect in Liverpool, and also sent a piece of thyme from the old garden. I enclose a sprig for you.
Dear Joanna is still a sufferer, although she is slowly improving. Mary is there at present on a visit at Racine. David has also been at Racine, and says that Joanna looked better than he expected to see her. The rest of our friends are in their usual health.
John Reid has been east on business, and in coming home he went to see the Niagara Falls, and thence to Hamilton to see your father, and found him well and comfortable. He thought your father looked the same as when he left Portage.
Anna is teaching. Her school hours are from 9 until 4, so I have a very quiet time. Margaret often calls for me to go out and ride with her, which is very pleasant.
I think it is a great blessing that your health continues good and that you so much enjoy the glorious and wonderful scenery that continually surrounds you. I think very few can appreciate and understand the wonders of that part of the world as you do, and you have suffered a great deal in your explorations. As yet we have not seen much about the new valley.
Now, dear John, I hope you will be careful about exposing yourself to danger. May God bless you and keep you, and be your protection in every trying time, and bring you safely through, is the sincere prayer of your affectionate
1878 Oct 20
Original letter dimensions: 17 x 22 cm.
Muir, Ann Gilrye, "Letter from Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir] to John Muir, 1878 Oct 20." (1878). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 452.
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