Mary Muir Hand


Mary [Muir Hand]


John Muir


[3]had much to say about the University and the value of an education He then and there decided to go to Madison. - but later - to his great regret the plan could not be carried out His brother Ben - left home and the aged parents could not be left alone. He ever remembered your kind interest in him. When he was looking at the oil portrait I have of you - he was greatly interested and seemed well please —I was happy to learn that[1] [July 29, 1910]My dear brother John,-It is long since my last writing to you - or yours to me - but surely you owed me a letter - possibly you did not receive my last Well however it is - I never forget my brother John - and would be glad indeed to see him. — They tell me sister Sarah is still in the "Valley' - A card from Annie Waterman came yesterday and tells me - Sarah is "improving right along - We04838

[2]are thankful - and have been very anxious since hearing of her illness. Dear good Sarah - She will greatly miss sister Margaret - We all will - but they were near enough the same age - and were so much to each other - twins could hardly seem nearer or dearer. — Parting is hard - but has to come some time. - yes - -Several days ago a letter came tome from Grace Galloway Paulin A kind and interesting letter - it told me also of her mother's improved condition. My nieces keep me well posted - you see-A week or two ago - I was surprised to meet James Whitehead - I had seen him but once before - since we were small children. He mentioned the little ne[illegible] School-house - not so far from "Fountain Lake" -and told much of the people who used to live near the old home - He mentioned a time when you met him or came together some where near the old neighborhood. - He said you

[4]your daughter Helen is now with you - or has been - - it is good that she is so far recovered in health - you must feel rich in having daughters- sons-in-law and grand-sons - all together in the house - whose-ever house it is. - - I also have two grand-children - Wheler's children. The younger is a bouncing boy of two months - Paul Willis - and the elder is Helen nearly four years old - They - and also Howard and04838

[5]his wife, are well.- Both wheler and Howard live in Spokane- and enjoy that big city very much.John how are you - do you enjoy good health? - I sincerely hope you do.- They tell me sister Joanna is in better health than she has known for many years - - I have not yet seen her since her arrival at Lincoln. [illegible]- - but hope now to have her - also Bernice - with us in a few weeks-, and for a good long visit- Bessie just older than Bernice was here with me during all last winter - attending the Kearney State Normal -We are in usual health - and happiness -.With much love to all of your house-hold - and most to yourself - I am AffectionatelySister Mary-July 29.-1910Kearney, Nebr-


Kearney, Nebr.

Date Original

1910 Jul 29


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 26.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 19, Image 0671

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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