Joanna Muir


Joanna [Muir]


Daniel [H. Muir]


4 [in margin: P.S. On behalf of the family I send thanks to Anita for her pretty cards. Tell her to be a good little girl and send me some [illegible] flowers J.]

Dear brother D.

Mother doubtless has said all that needs to be said but I must put in a little word of greeting. I am so glad that thus far your affairs have gone so much to your liking. I do most sincerely hope that Se[illegible] may prove a happy home to you and your dear ones and that all may be well. I wish that either you or Emma would write us soon as you become settled, we will be so anxious to know how you prosper The beauties of this vegetable kingdom are again resurrected and we are Happy, but [sleepy?] because of the warmth of the weather. With love to you all. Sister Joanna

Joanna G (Muir) Brown

[in margin: We were saving a small peace of the cakes fo you but now discover that it comes out missing all but this little crumb But instead send some apple blossoms which were used in decorating]

Portage May 4th 1880

Dear Daniel

Your letter and [illegible] are received – And you have got the work began on your farm which I hope will prove a success — I do hope you and Emma and the children will all realize that the change is for the better, and that your home in Lincoln will be bright and pleasant as it can be this side of time with Gods blessing ever resting

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upon it In whatever part of the bright world your home may be – you and yours will ever be daily remembered by me, as you have been in days and years gone by Our news from California lately has been very surprising John having been married on the 14th of April to Miss Loui Strentzel only child of Dr G Strentzel living on a large fruit ranch two miles from Martinez, the Rev Dr J E [Dwinelle?] performed the service he was from Sacramento, so I send you a piece


of the wedding cake which arrived here last Friday, with a great profusion of flowers and blossoms of many fruit trees, many of them were quite withered, the news gave me much pleasure as it will add much to his happiness and comfort to have a home About [three?] weeks ago John R left home for Nebraska he expects to be absent some time all your friends here are in their usual health Thank you Anita for the pretty card you sent me — With sincere love to all, I would say good bye — Lovingly Mother


Portage [Wisc.]

Date Original

1880 May 4


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