Joanna [Muir Brown]
a letter this morning from Dan and his wife tells us of a fine article in Hollands magazine entitled "John Muir, Statures Man" which we will endeavor to secure, Your little thrilling story "Stickeen" has been must enthusiastically read, by some of our friends but thought it is so intensely interesting it is almost more than I can bear for it throws too strong a light upon your dangers and sufferings, and though it is so long past, it is almost a night more to me and always makes me want to get my arms about you - Now I must close and do some work, So thanking you you for your kindness, I amAffectionately yoursSister JoannaOur affairs are the same when I last wrote you excepting that the cooler weather has brought a little better healthPort Norfolk VaJan 6, 1910Dear brother John:-Your very kindly greetings and christmas gift came safely and I hasten to express my appreciation of both.I am sorry you are still alone in the big house, for vacant rooms are very sad reminders, Your splendid work, however, in which you are so deeply interested and which so entirely absorbs your mind and time04669 doubtless caused the days to speed by all too quickly and who knows but that this very loneliness is but a help to greater concentration; If however, you ever need us, let us know and if such a thing is possible we will come to cheer and assist at least for a time -Our Christmas was brightened by Bernices home coming, She has gained in flesh and has good color, but continues her abstemious habits as the least indulgence brings on an attack with her stomach, she cannot eat any sweets or anyacids. It seems a pity that she cannot eat fruit as it is so healthful. Her trouble seems to come in great measure from nervousness, and yet it may be that the trouble causes the nervousness, and yet, strange to say, to outward appearances she is the most self controlled one in the family- We were anxious to have her remain with us the rest of the winter but as she had taken up work in the school of which I told you, she felt so duty bound to finish the school term and so is again in the mountains, leaving Ethel and myself again by ourselves -
1910 Jan 6
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 27 cm.
Brown, Joanna Muir, "Letter from Joanna [Muir Brown] to [John Muir], 1910 Jan 6 ." (1910). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4905.
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