J[oanna] M[uir] Brown


John Muir




ere this, were it not for the fact of its being so much more expensive living in the City and in anything like good style. Yet I regretted saying in my last that I had nothing good to write for we have so much to be thankful for. We have all had remarkably good health during our stay in Wis. and we are with our own good people instead of being among strangers; also our being here has been a slight help to Sarah — Besides all this we have enjoyed many rich spiritual blessings, so how can we complain. Give my love to Loui and tell her I still hope for a letter from her sometime, also love to the dear little girls and tell Wanda [in margin: that Ethel & Bessie would like a letter from her,]


[in margin: I enclose some of Walters papers which I think you will like to see. Most affectionately Your sister J.M. Brown.]

Portage Wis

Jan 25, 1891

Dear Brother John:—

Your letter of the 13th Inst, so made up of Kindness and good cheer was most welcome, How glad we all were to hear from you again, but not so glad to know that your work presses you so sorely- It cannot be right that you are so overloaded. It is not


possible for you to shake off a part of it? I will be glad when you have your affairs arranged so that you can give all your time to your writing and study for surely that is enough for one man, You ask if Walter has felt the pressure of the financial times- He has in this way – that the closeness of the money market has made it very tedious getting his finance Co. sufficiently developed to make it a paying

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concern and of course having put everything into it and the R.R. it is very necessary that it should pay. Yet though he has been in straights sometimes he is still working on with good degree of courage, for it would almost seem that he is not capable of discouragement, and we have always had enough to live on, so we need not complain, but the long separation has been hard to bear – We would have gone to Philadelphia to him


Portage, Wis

Date Original

1891 Jan 25


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 23 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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