Sarah [Muir Galloway]


John Muir




her, if you are not coming very soon, send her Photo - , did you receive the letter I sent, five or six weeks ago. When you return you will find many changes. turn where you will, but you will also find many warm hearts waiting to secure you where ever you are known, friends are continually enquiring about your work and where abouts, and many of your old accauaintance are anxiously awaiting your home coming, expecting a visit and talk with you. Thanks for the paper you sent, the letters were very interesting. Your sea voyage brought so vividly to my recollection our first one, when you were but eleven years old and I thirteen, I had a letter from Father two weeks ago, it makes me sad to think of his being so lame that he is obliged to use a crutch and staff in going around the house. With kindest wishes for your happiness. I am yours, lovingly Sarah


Mound Hill May 23rd /80

My Dear Brother John

I have not been in Town for some time and so perhaps have not heard the latest news from you but this I do know, I have tasted your Wedding Cake. John you certainly took us all by surprise; we had been looking anxiously forward to your expected visit but your marriage we had not thought of. I am very glad my dear brother that you have taken to yourself a wife: I feel sure she must be good and true and noble. You have been so kind and good and loving to us all, it must be that God has bestowed upon you the wife whose price is far above rubies, I feel sure I shall love

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my new sister for your sake and for her own, May our heavenly Father fill your cup of happiness to the brim in all that pertains to this life and in the Rest beyond, prepare you a home among the “many mansions”. The beautiful spring has come again, it has proved a very busy one for us, David has a hired man this season and is doing a good deal of work. Anna and C[illegible] will be at home this summer, Gracie has began her first term of school - and seems to enjoy it so far. My health is about as good as usual again, I have no great endurance but feel thankful that I am so much better than I have been; I expect to go to Portage in a day or two, and stay long enough to make all of our folks a good visit


Maggie and John Reid were out here last week, John had just returned from Nebraska, where he had been for two or three weeks seeing about his stock. I believe the Company, have a [drove?] of between three and four hundred cattle now J. likes the country so well, that he talks of taking his family out there in a few months, I can hardly realize that it is possible they are going to leave us, every one of us will miss them more than I can tell but Dan – and his family are already there, and perhaps more of us may be there bye and bye. Do not be very long in writing to us John I am just longing for a letter from you, tell me what you are busy with just now, and when we shall look for you and your Louie, you known how anxious we will all be to see


Mound Hill, [Wisc]

Date Original

1880 May 23


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0171

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