Sarah [Muir Galloway]


John Muir


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they take Scribner and so, see a good many of your articles also Miss Hendricks sent them most, if not all, of your Alaska letters from Indianapolis, she is a good friend of your’s and watches your career with great interest; Isabella says she hopes, that when you and your wife come on a visit to us, that you will go as far as Detroit, as they will all be delighted to see you, John Gray also tries to see all he can of your writings, he still continues to be very prosperous. Do you remember that when Mrs Love died, Mr Love took all of the children back to Scotland, shortly after, he wished to stay there and have all the children well educated, for quite a number of years he has resided near Edinburgh so that his family might have the benefit of the schools, although not feeling well, went about twelve miles from home to lecture(he being expected there) he staid that night at the Place, and in the morning was found dead in bed


We have all of our mail sent to Port Hope. Columbia Co. Wis.

Port Hope April 3rd/80.

My dear Brother John

Your last letter is before me, I find it is dated Dec 18th, I realy am ashamed to think of it, but from some of the contents. I inferred, that you would have some very important news to send us soon, and so I have waited, very impatiently, but now I write, thinking it the only way to get you to use your pen for me quickly. You speak of that lovely letter Annie sent you, I am realy glad she thought of it, and It must have been extremely interesting, bringing all the children before you as they are now. I wonder if after all you realize how old looking, we are all getting to be, do you think of me as having a considerable amount of grey hair, and using spectacles sometimes. David’s hair is nearly white, and he is sitting here reading with spectacles too, just think of it, next Decr eve will have been married

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twenty five years. I can hardly realize it myself but so it is. You say that we seem to think that everyday matters, can be a little interest, and so pass them by, when I begin to think about it. I do not wonder that it appears so to you, and yet I know that it is the little things happening to you, every day that interest me so much. It is true I miss Maggie much, but we must get accustomed to the change, there has been many changes going on among us in the last few years, and we are getting more widely scattered all the time, but there is a Home where I trust we will all be gathered where there will be, no parting. Maggie’s health has not improved yet, but I trust she will be much better when the pleasant spring weather comes back, the winter has been so uncommonly severe, she has not been able to ride out, but very little, which has been against her. How has the winter been with you, we have never experienced such a one here, and yet in other places they have suffered infinentely more than we have, it is April and the snow is very thick on the ground yet, even if it thaws fast


it must be very late before farmers can yet began to put their crops in, but we are promised seed time and harvest, so we need not worry. You ask if I have seen your Alaska letters, You sent four of them to Mother, three of them have come out in the Portage Register, those I have seen and they are very interesting indeed, every thing from your pen is watched for with much interest. I had a letter from Isabella Sanderson last week a nice long one, and I always enjoy hers, so much. she also sent me an envelope full of pictures one Cabinet size, a group of two boys, and two girls, Amelia, Philip, Gracie and Edward, also two Album pictures, one of James and and another very nice one of Gracie, her whole family, they are fine looking children every one of them, James must be twenty four year’s old now is an engineer, also a graduate of Ann Arbor, he is getting along well, and is becoming well known among Engineer’s in the country, he is just now engaged as inspector of iron for bridges, on the Chicago and Alton R.R.


Port Hope

Date Original

1880 Apr 3


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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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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