Joanna Muir


Joanna [Muir]


John Muir



sent Maggie and Sarah, concerning the region of Puget Sound and your voyage etc, and I cannot tell you how much we enjoyed them, Oh! how glorious to be able to see so much of this worlds beauty and grandeur and still more glorious to be able to understand and appreciate it. I hope you will find time to write to us again very soon and do not forget to tell us what your address will be. I trust also that ere another season shall have passed we shall have seen both you and your wife. With much love Joanna.


Portage, Wis. May 2, ’80.

My dear brother John: -

I scarcely known what to say to you today, you have so astonished us by your unexpected news. The first feeling upon hearing that you were to be married, was that of loss, and the naughty tears would come in sprits of all that I could do, but the next was that of real pleasure, for I am sure that you will

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be much happier, though your life of late years has been very far from unhappy I am sure, And so I do most heartily congratulate you, praying that the God of love, the God of peace the God of all good may abide with you ever, So shall your cups of joy be full. I am exceedingly anxious to form the acquaintance of my new sister, Loui, I am sure I shall love her, for the woman who has won my noble brother’s heart, must be good and true.



Spring time is with us again and as usual I send you one of its first flowrets , I was so glad to see it that I could not help kissing it, and as I send it to you kiss and all. After many sudden changes the weather is warm and balmy and the leaves on the trees seem to grow almost visibly I am so thankful for the spring resurrection for I shall enjoy it more than I have in six years before because I shall be able to see so much more of it. We have read your article in the Bulletin which you


Portage, Wis.

Date Original

1880 May 2


Original letter dimensions: 15 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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