John Muir


John Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]



here also all four in a ring-a love-ring of steadfast old lovers around this one little love. I want to carry her to you at once, but though that may not be I feel sure that you will see her before long. In the meantime dear mother send her your love & blessing & forward this letter to father that so our little darling may have his blessing also. Louie bravely endured her sore mother pains twelve hours of them without scarce an audible groan. & has already forgotten them all in her joy.

Every lovingly your son John Muir



Martinez, California, March 27, 1881.

Dear Mother,

Our dear little baby has come to us, She was born just two days ago, March 25 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon, eleven months & eleven days after our marriage, and we are all very happy, father, mother, grandfather, & grandmother, & I am sure that you will join in our joy. Our darling first born is a tiny healthy happy [illegible] featured lassie not at all full & cumpish like most of the baby gorblings that I have seen. She looks about her

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with her bright blue eyes as steadily as if she were a year old instead of only two days. And her cheecks & brow & mouth & nose & dimpled chin are as finely modellest & composed as if she were in her ripe teens. Heaven bless her & make all her life as happy & loveful as the promise in every quarter is now. The weather is warm & tranquil & the sun is beaming lovingly on the green hills & blossoming orchards about our home, & the larks & linnets are singing in full spring time chorus. How beautiful the world is, & how beautiful is the time of the coming of our little love. You remember


that it was bloom time of the year when we were married, & our little bloom bud baby has arrived in the midst of the richest bloom of the orchards. The cherry trees in particular are one mass of white petals looking as if laden with fleecy snow, while the purple & rose flowers of the quince & peach & apple trees, & the white of the plum is hardly less showy & lavishly abundant. A happier pair of grand parents than the two Strentzels never was since the beginning of the baby begetting period on earth. How glad we would be to have her Muir grandmother & father


Martinez, California

Date Original

1881 Mar 27


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0458

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