Julia M[errill] Moores


[John Muir]



it to say – that they succeeded admirably though sometimes a little impudent. On New Year’s eve – in my brother’s parlors – a company of some thirty or forty men assembled, The Authors read aloud chapter about to the characters – the story they had written. it was received with shouts of laughter & applause. There was as you may imagine a great taking down of Merrile Moores – and some others. But all disrespect and impudence was forgiven & counted for naught for we were well unpaid by the sprightliness of the story. Here I have written you no news – The family is well – Merrill hard at work – Charles & Charley in College doing well – The girls doing duty at home – or in school – as either teachers or scholars – and the mothers & fathers happy in well behaved children. Give much love to your dear wife - & believe me your true friend Julia M. Moores


Indianapolis Jan. 12th 1881 232 North Alabama St.

My dear friend,

Your letter of June I answer in January! I have often had you in my thoughts – and you may be sure that though I have been glad for you in your own home with its ‘snowy linen’ and its dear mistress. I have not felt any anxiety about you. I have thought of you as comfortable & so happy that you did not need my intermeddling. But we are still friends – and I think that as Dr. Johnsen says – ‘Any friendship needs repairs!’ And what repairs are better that what can be done by letter-writing?

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I was wonderfully amused by your late letter to Janet on the Alaska question. She was half inclined to resent your teasing – but laughed - & relaughed, let me see the letter – but kept it close hidden from her brothers – lest they should ‘harp on the same string’. She likes young Gilbert as a classmate – but that is all. Her object in asking you about Alaska – I must tell you. You are well aware that our young people among the kith and kin far out number the older ones. They are grown & growing and are quite impertant. Add to the kindred – the young people of the Fourth Church and amongst them there are many jollities and much fu[illegible].

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The parson’s son and Janet wanted to get up some thing new and rare for the Holidays – so in September last – they set themselves the arduous task of writing a novel, a tale – entitled “The Cousins” – with the [illegible]tto – “A chie[illegible] ama[illegible] ye takin’ notes”. A grand sec[illebigle] it was – and a grander taking off of the tribe of Merrills – and the other young people of the Church. They were around all fall, listening and noting [illegible] all that was said – and no one the wiser. As the story [runs?] they send off one boys – some sight in number to Alaska – where they travel - & meet Prof. John Muir – with a party. – The letter wh. these boys wrote home – were full of information smuggled from your published letters from Alaska! I should tire you if I began to give you an outline of the story – so forbear. Suffice


Indianapolis, [Ind]

Date Original

1881 Jan 12


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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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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