Joanna [Muir Brown]


John Muir



temporary, and that she will soon begin to improve again She is at the University of Virginia where they are holding a Summer school, and where a good many of the friends of our girls were attending so as it is a beautiful place and high - at least above the malarial line, we thought best to send her there, as she could attend any lectures or classes that interested her and so give her something to take her mind
I saw in the last Outlook that President Roosevelt is already arranging a trip of scientific research [to?] Africa, with a party of scientists, and it occured [to?] me that he

[1] July 17 08

My dear brother John: -

Margaret tells me that you are still at the old home, writing and reading etc all by yourself; For a good while I did not know whether you would be in the Alhambra Valley or with dear Helen, in her solitude, and so I kept putting off writing, - -
It is a good thing that our thoughts can run on so easily, without the aid of even pen and paper for thus we can almost live with those we love though absent in the body -


I often think about you and the others, sometimes in the old Past, sometimes in the Present and sometimes in the future; trying to imagine how it will be to meet with Father and Mother and all the dear ones in the better land, which is so near
Some of the brothers and sisters are calling for a Muir reunion, and doubtless it would be very good but I hardly know whether we can all get together or not.
All reports of Helen's health are very favorable So that must be very cheering to you and how wonderfully she adapts herself to her environments - She certainly is a sweet


and most heroic girl; it is a pity that there are not more like her in the world -
Our little girl - Bernice, is away too on account of her health, I think it is malaria, which shews itself in very serious indigestion, The only thing that agrees with her is a product of Hawaii called [Faroena?]; after doctoring here for several months without any improvement, we applied to Danl, and he prescribed this food, and is treating her; she seemed a little better before she went to the mountains, but the change seemed to aggravate the trouble, as it often does for a while, but we are hoping it is only

would likely invite you to make one of the party - I suppose that would be rather too strenuous an undertaking for you as I imagine there would be a good deal of hardship attending such a trip - and for a whole year
My health is fairly good now although I have no strength to spare, The weather has been hot but us delightful at present
I will be looking for a letter from you when you get this for it is a long time since I heard direct from you
Please give my love to Wanda and the boy, also to Helen when you next see her -
Hoping that you and Maggie and all the others are well I am

Lovingly yours


Port Norfolk Va-

July 17, '08



Port Norfolk, Va.

Date Original

1908 Jul 17


Original letter dimensions: 17 x 27 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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