Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir


[4]Dear John I would like to meet you once more, and I would like to meet your wife – but I know that a very great distance lies between us – and I also know that you will come to meet us all whenever a favourable time presents itself. I shall be happy to have a letter from your wife and to know her better – All the family with their families are well at present – and hoping that Gods blessing will ever rest upon you and your household I am Lovingly Mother00952[1]Portage Octr. 6th 1880Dear JohnI yesterday received your letter of Septr 27th informing me of your safe arrival home, and well satisfied with your travels in Alaska – which news pleased me very much Last month I mailed a letter for you to Fort Wrangel thinking you would find it when you returned from the north — but I perceive by yours, you did not. When Joanna returned home from Hamilton her father and Mr Brown accompanied her Your father remained here about six weeks – but is now at —

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[2]Phillips with Joanna — his health is good – but very lame indeed, being quite unable to walk accross a room without his crutches They were quite anxious to have me move to Phillips too – but for the last nine years I have lived in a brick house near the High School – and it seems so like home to me [illegible] that I decided to remain in Portage during the winter – you know I always feel inclined to be stationary wherever my lot may be cast – so Annie will remain with me for the present – as she is the only one left to me now – I think it rather –[3]-amusing that Mary should think of naming her boy after his two grand mothers – which is Wheller [Gilrye?] Hand John Reid is at present at Crete Neb. but is expected home soon for the purpose of taking the family to a home there I feel very sorry indeed to think of them all leaving Portage — Margt. is sarcely able to talk about it – but some think that the change might benefit her health – Lately I had a letter from Emma from Lincoln Neb. she says they have a very pleasant home there, but Daniel had been a good deal of the summer at his farm – some miles distant


Portage, [Wisc]

Date Original

1880 Oct 6


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0329

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