Margaret [Muir] Reid


John Muir



Portage Feb 11th 1880

Dear brother John

We were all so overjoyed to hear of your arrival in San francisco again you have seemed so far away since you have been in Alaska. My longing to see you lately has been great, and has been intensified by the great expectation we have had all winter of seeing you, it seems sometimes as though I could not wait any longer, and for lack of late letters I have to read a precious old one now and again A week ago Friday evening I was feeling quite nervous. John he was sitting with his boots off reading the Chicago [Inter Beean?]


suddenly he said do you want to hear some news. I said yes good news, he assured me it was good news. he then read a short notice of your Arrival. I told Jessie to carry the paper to grandma in the morning, but I felt so glad I said to John this is too good news to keep till morning, he got to mother’s before she had retired Joanna had gone upstairs and I guess was partly ready for bed but coming to listen at the head of the stairs, called out what is that about John it had a very restful effect on us all, as it was over a week before the letters came Monday John and I went out to Sarah’s carring you letter to her. poor dear Sarah and all of them have had hard stroke

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little Gracie dont seem to realize much about it, but David Annie and especialy Sarah has suffered keenly. she has seemed a little more cheerful lately, but has a pretty bad cold now[.?] How nice to think that Joanna is getting well. Oh John how [changed?] we must all seem to you when you come, but perhaps you look some older too you will know so much differance on the children and so many of them you have never seen. Anne graduated from Portage school last summer, and Jessie expects to next June but my greatest gladness on her account is that she has given her heart to the Saviour. My baby is now five years old I expect will go to school next summer


we call him John J – or John John [&?] for you and his John is working away at his old [Britney?] is getting disgusted with it as things go here, and threatens to go west. I think my health is perhaps better than when you saw me, at any rate I have lots of help in my own family now for which I am truly thankful. I suppose you have had a very enjoyable time in Alaska. O do tell me when we shall see your face again can’t you do some of your writing in Portage. I must now stop, praying that the blessing of God attend you at every step through life. I remain as ever your affectionate sister

Margt. H Reid



Portage, [Wisc]

Date Original

1880 Feb 11


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0027

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