Joanna M[uir] Brown


[John Muir]



beautiful water is lashed in fury and the anchored boats are tempest tossed, these winds are very cold and penetrating and started my neuralgia again, but the balmy air and the wondrous beauty when the storms are past, cover a multitude of tempests and make us forget our pains and our sorrows - The good Lord has been very kind to set us down in this very lap of beauty Love to you all -


Joanna M. Brown


Port Norfolk Va.

Jan. 9th 1902

Dear Brother John:-

I have been long in acknowledging your great kindness in sending us two such fine Christmas presents - the precious book, and the money, by kindness of Sarah; I thank you very much for both. Your new book - "Our National parks" was quite a surprise as I did not know it was published and so all the



greater pleasure. Part of it, of course we have read in the magazines, and part is new, but your writings always require a good many readings, So we began the new book with as much zest and relish as if it were all new, Last evening when we were reading it aloud Ethel enthusiastally exclaimed "Mamma! there is nothing, I ever read that I enjoy like Uncle Johns writings they are perfectly inspiring"


and we all enjoy them alike I would like to know who Charles S. Sargent is - If you have not time to write please tell Sarah to tell me when she writes I suppose I ought to know, but I have forgotten, I have had quite a sick spell, and am not yet recovered; I felt so much better after coming here that I forgot myself and worked too hard, and then some times there are terrible wind storms here and our


Port Norfolk, Va.

Date Original

1902 Jan 9


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 25.5 cm.

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