D[avid] G[ilrye] Muir


[John Muir]


[4]one reason I did not write you shortly after your marriage was you did not give your new address. the others wrote to Martinez at my advice, but not having heard from you since, do not feel sure that you have recd their letters. You ask about my family [Katie?] is pretty well. [Carrie?] will be 16 this fall, Annie is 13. Will 11 & Jno 8 & all healthy & blessed We think with good common sense. Mary Hand has been sick but is much better. Annie is with her. Mother is alone one of our or Jno R’s girls generaly stay with her nights, Sarah is getting over her trouble & [appears?] tolerably cheerful. but still there is a Sadness about her. Maggie is a feeble [illegible]. We hope Neb will do her good. Hoping this long letter will partly make up for my careless delay. that this will will find you happy & well I su[illegible] myself with kindest regards to Mrs J Muir your brother D [G?] Muir[1][in margin: P.S. I have a 20th interest in 14 claims, lodes & mines in Silver Cliff, Colorado, out of which I expect make up for my lost time partly Write soon again, D.G. Muir]Portage Wis June 26/80Dear Bro JnoI was truly glad to receive a letter from you this AM Even if you did give me a whipping. I deserve it though. I [illegible] congratulate you for your good fortune in getting a good wife & wish you had found her sooner. I hope your wanderings will here after will not be so lonely as they used to be to your dear wife I would Say I welcome her into our family b[illegible] for her a happy life & hope soon to see & become well acquainted with her.00929

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[2]Father reported himself very sick a month ago & urged Joanna to come to him. She went (taking her [intended’?] with her) to whom she is engaged to be married Sep 7th Mr Walter Brown of Phillips Wis, don’t tell her I wrote this) They found him feeble unable to walk without crutches, but he has since regained about his usual health, they done all in their power to get him to come home but as yet he says “the Lord has not ordered him to return to Portage yet” but we expect Joanna will make out to bring him with her in August. Jno Reid & family will go to [Crete?] Neb is Sep if all is well. he owns a ½ interest in 200 cows near there & intends to take a ½ interest in a ‘meat marke also [3]Dan has for two years been entirely over worked in Racine & his health threatened, but also has had great trouble in collecting on [a/c?] of hard times s[illegible] of illegible] He reports himself nicely located on 18th & K Sts Lincoln Neb. where he will do Office business only & have office hours & also oversee his larger stock farm 14 miles distant his farm is larger but his flocks are very small yet. but has made a start. I don’t know as I suffer from “inflamatory Neb” but I ought to [illegible] from inflammatory some place as Portage is certainly becoming worse for business. business has gone hard for a few years lately they have promised to do better but good times still linger in the future for the last 10 Days we have been surrounded by water so that not a single customer to come from the coutry


Portage, Wisc.

Date Original

1880 Jun 26


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0223

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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