Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid]


John Muir



Collyer Kan Feb 15


Dear Brother John

We received your very surprising letter friday. & you Funny Boy you took much for granted which we had not decided upon, as it seemed to us (to me anyway) that we could not leave this place without loosing everything, for an indefinite time. I had just got as far as being reconciled to John going away & leaving us to live here without him awhile but your letter has worked wonders you have farely converted us over to thinking

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that it is the best thing for us to do to come to Calafornia & accept of your Kind offers & a chance to get on our feet again financially Last week Harry had a letter from can old chum saying he was going to Colorado & wanted Harry to go too he thought he would like to go, but after receiving your letter without telling H about it his father asked him how he would like to stay here & take care of the horses & the place for a number of years if he gave an interest in them. he seems pleased & willing to do so, but it will be very hard for me to leave the poor Boy here alone


& more so since I have lived here myself although in about six months he will be twenty one & might go to some place where he would be worse off than here & it is the only way we could all leave we know of I suppose it will not pay to bring furniture such as my old bea[illegible]s the organ or bedsteads most of our [things?] are left at Crete as we have such a small house here We received the three hundred dollars yesterday & thank you for all your thoughtful kindness, till we can do more & now with love to you all I close


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Brother John. I go to [Wakering?] tomorrow to see about train & will write you when we will start which I think it will be about 2 weeks. I am ready to come now but Maggie think it is awful short notice to pick up & go – there will be 4 of us Maggie May Johnnie & myself. Harry will have to stay & take care of the place & horses as they are not old enough to sell & besides a lot of Rye sown that will have to be harvested in June 80 acres & other crops: also a lot of tools & wagons Buggy carts & a great many other things that cant be disposed of at the present time. therefore it is necessary for him to stay &look after them. trains run every day & when Maggie gets a good ready we will start I think 2nd March

[in margin: if everything is all right with Maggie your Brother [illegible] Reid]


Collyer, Kan[sas]

Date Original

1891 Feb 15


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0075

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