Sarah M[uir] Galloway


John Muir



Portage Wis.

Feb. 24th /91

Dear brother John

Your letter was received yesterday morning and your check for one hundred dollars in the evening, I am very grateful for your kindnest and thank you heartily, I had not thought of your sending me any thing of present for as long as things continue as they are we manage to keep things going, so I will for the present put this money in David’s keeping and should a time of need come to me again I shall have it to draw upon. My dear brother this is no small favor and when the time comes that we



can get something out of that land, how glad I shall be to repay you, how, or when that day will come seems to be all uncertainty at present, but it is in good hands, and I just leave it there, trusting that brighter days are before us, and that each of those who have lent a helping hand to hold the property, will get their own and more. There is one thing that has not been in my mind when I have written to you before but probably David or John Reid has mentioned it, before John Reid moved his family to Kansas David came to me with papers that John had had made out ready for me to sign deeding one Section of


the land to Maggie, and she or John I forgot which, deeded the house in Crete to me, they hoped to sell the place before they left, but up to this time have been unsuccessful, I suppose it was simply a matter of convenience for them for the time being until John was able to settle his business. David is just as much buried up in the Store as ever, they have rented their house to a relative of [Ette’s?] have reserved pleasant rooms for themselves and board with the family in this way Ette can help him in the Store, to much better advantage than anyone else having been there so long she understands the business



and likes it too, Mr Parry has a state office which keeps him away from home nearly all the time and in this nearly all the responsibility rests upon David. I was sorry to hear that Mrs Strentzel was not feeling well I hope she is recovering her strength again. I have at this minute received your last favor, Grace having just returned from the Post Office, tell Helen I was much pleased to receive the picture of her cats, also that I like little girls and enjoy looking at the Photo. I have of her. I hope she and Wanda received the box I sent them last month. If John Reid comes out to you, you may in time be more at liberty, and the climate and the change of climate will surely be of benefit to Maggie. Love to all from [in margin: Sarah M Galloway]


Portage, Wis

Date Original

1891 Feb 24


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 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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