Mary Muir Hand


Mary [Muir Hand]


[John Muir]


00908 [4]

My dear Far-away Brother,

Did you not receive any of my last letters. I judge not , as I have rec’d no answer from you. Perhaps you did not know where to find me. If so, here I am up among the pine woods and stumps, in Phillips. Write to me soon and I will then write you another long letter, seasoned thoroughly this time with the “P[illegible]” We were all delighted as well as relieved to hear from you again after your long silence. Glad to know that your rather hazardous trip had proved both a success and a pleasure to you. Your Affect. Sister Annie


Phillips Wis. Apr. 19. /80.

My dear Brother

“Highland Mary” received your letter most gladly. It is so long since I had heard from you directly that I began to think that my letters to you had been lost. It will be a happy day indeed for us – when we see your dear good self coming to us – and I trust that the “downright Scotch persistence” and persuasion here – will prevail upon you to make us quite a visitation. You ask me

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to tell you all about our village and little home & Annie or Willis will do that. And the best way to tell about “the [gude?] man” is to send you a photo, which I do, He is the [‘gudest?] man’ I ever knew. I also send my photo, which is not very good. Annie says “is not good at all”- Our home is sunny and I am happy but am not feeling very well today and am tired – so will cease writing. Success in your work must be a continual comfort to you. I have been crayoning and penciling some of late. Heaven bless you dear John! Affectionately Mary.


Dear Brother,

Mary has left a page for me to fill so I will write a few lines. She says perhaps I will tell you all about Phillips. I cannot in a few lines, but will give you an outline. Population 250p; county seat of Price Co.: buildings good and tasty; situated on Elk Lake which covers 200 acres or more. Elk river flows thro’ the lake and much timber is cut on the river either way. No mill here so the logs pass to mills on Chippewa and [Nus’s?] Logging is the source of nearly all business done in town. People are generally rough and uncultured; a very few however in the village, are good, temperate and religious. We hope for better things. We shall rejoice to see you here before very long. Cordially Your Bro. Willis [Hand?].


Phillips, Wis

Date Original

1880 Apr 19


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0123

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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