[Mary Muir Hand]
and sit up nights, after Sarah became over fatigued taking care of them. There has been a great deal of sickness in Town besides measles, co[illegible] families being laid up at one time, but I think the worst is past. I called on Isa Harper the other day and found her pretty well. Jessie Reid says, “Tell Auntie I want that recipe for cleaning Red gloves.” Annie says she will write in about a week Very much love from all to both of you and Willis Most Lovingly Joanna.
[in margin: Your carpet has come it looks very well indeed considering there are thirteen [illegible]]
21 Portage, Wis. Apr. 1. 1879.
My good [Dearie?]: -
Your letter arrived this morning, and as I was just on the point of writing to you, when from Annie’s letter I learned that you were about to write to me, and so waited, I will now answer at once. I shall be [underlined: most happy] to accept your invitation and as you are to be alone unless I come the [underlined: first] week in May, I would rather not wait for the Rev G.P. G. and although we would be glad to have Willis come, and
I would, of course, much prefer to have his com- pany, yet if he had not time to spare, maybe I shall come alone; especially if I do not have to change cars or if I can check baggage through. But you will hear from me again ere that time. Your [ carpet?] is finished but has not yet brought home as we have not had a good opportunity of so doing. If we cannot send it before I come I will bring it in a trunk Your thimble too is here and could have been sent had we not been expecting Willis.
Brother John has made us glad with the inteligence that he intends spending next winter in New York and will visit us before that time, [underlined: You] “pick a date. If he cannot spend Christmas with us we will have to appoint the reunion before that time, but then I think likely he will. Sarah was in town a few days ago and reports the family re- covering finely from the measles, but you ought to have seen David’s mouth as he recounted the horrors of his own dear self having to wash dishes
1879 Apr 1
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Muir, Joanna, "Letter from Joanna [Muir] to [Mary Muir Hand], 1879 Apr 1." (1879). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 476.
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