Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


[John Muir]



is still living at Hamilton he writes home quite frequently telling us how well and happy he is – although still lame. April will bring around another birth day for you [Dear?] John what need we have to improve the precious moments as they carry us down the stream of time. I hope you are well and I am still hoping to meet you again on the shores of time Will be glad to hear from you Wishing you much happiness with tenderest love from Mother



Portage March 31 1880

Dear John

I very gladly received your letter of arrival in San Fran — I had feared that some evil had befallen you in that land of many dangers, as you were long in writing than usual, but our ever faithful and covenant-keeping God has preserved you in midst of many trials and dangers, and even gave you many friends that showed you no little kindness, although you were in a land of strangers, how much we have to be thankful for,

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Joanna and I have spent the winter here by ourselves — her health still improves and so does her eyesight, she is now able to read and sew she wishes to send her kindest regards to you and hopes you will send her the Bulletin you talked of. we would all like to see some of your writings. Mary came home at Christmas and made a visit when she went home Anna went with her and is still at Phillips. Daniel came home on the 12th of this month and spent a


week with us, when he left us he intended to go to Nebraska in two weeks, taking a man with him and a car load of [animals?] and other things to begin his farm with – he intended to take his own family out in the fall, he has three little girls and has named one of them for Sarah – David and his family are well, he is still tugging away in the store busy as ever. Sarah came home while Dan was home and is more like herself again they are all well — Margt. & John R & family are well he intends going to Nebraska this summer — — Your father


Portage, [Wisc]

Circa Date

1880 Mar [31]


Original letter dimensions: 15 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0097

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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