Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir



about myself while I am just getting well in good earnest, and when you come home I expect you’ll laugh at me if I say I have ever been sick. Annie and I have been at Fort Sealle attending a convention, which also testifies to the truth of my statement, for you know I have been so nervious that I have not wanted to see even a little company, and there I met and visited with more friend than I can count, Trusting that you are very well and with much love, I close, Joanna.



Portage Oct. 1879.

Dear John

Your very welcome and interesting letters from Alaska have been received I expect you will find this letter at San Fran when you arrive there, about [in margin: 512] the first of Nov. Perhaps you will then, be able to say when we may expect you in Portage. Sarah has met with a very sad trial indeed in the loss of her only son. In June George was nineteen years of age [deleted: and [2]

Your father is still in Canada he writes often, saying he is well and comfortable. Anna is not teaching at present, she went to Phillips and staid a month with Mary and Joanna returned home with her, having spent the summer there [ her?] health has improved very much indeed – She was delighted with the pine woods – and she thinks Mary has a very cozy happy home — The girls are spend- ing this week at Fox lake attending a Baptist convention Trusting that the everliving and ever loving Spirit will continue to watch over you for good at all times Affectionately Mother


Dear John: -
I have been wanting to write to you for some time but feared a letter might not reach you, in fact I suspect one or two of mine have already been lost, however here you are away off among the Indians and the ice feasting your eyes and soul on grandeur [deleted: and] while your ears and toes are pinching with the cold. Well hurry up and get all you can into your note book and your mind and then come home and give us some. [ Now?] I’m going to talk
on his birth day] and on his birthday he went with others to bathe in the Fox River and was drowned how very sad, how we all miss him



Portage, [Wisc]

Circa Date

1879 Oct [ ]


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 1168

Collection Identifier

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

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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