John Muir


John Muir


[Margaret Muir Reid]



and then looking farther at the larger complete circle of all the Muirs, & Reids & Galloways How grand it is, & how glorious would be the gathering of all the members, whether we shall come together in this world I [dinna Ken?] though it is not impossible, Ill do my best to bring it about, But anyhow I must see you soon Maggie, & Sarah & Mother & the rest of the original Muir family that used to gather about the big table at Hickory Hill & Fountain Lake. You do not seem far now. While leaving the rest of the family you were at least coming [in margin: nearer to your loving brother John.]


Martinez California March 28th 1881.

Dear Sister Maggie.

I am sure that you will be glad to hear the extraordinary news that we have a darling baby. She came to us on the 25 at 2 o’clock in the afternoon A little less than a year since our marriage. She is a remarkably happy healthy dantyly-featured child, with brow & check, & nose & mouth & dimpled chin as finely modeled & composed as if she were already in her ripe rosy teens instead of being


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only three days old & she looks about her with her bright blue eyes as if eager to learn something concerning the world into which she has so aussp[illegible] entered. The weather here is delightful worm & balmy, the hills & orchards about our home are covered with flowers & the sun is beaming lovingly over them, while the larks & linnets are singing in full springtime chorus. How beautiful the world is, & how beautiful is the time of the coming of our little love You will remember that we were married in the bloom time of the year, & our darling has


been so fortunate as to arrive in the very floweriest time. The cherry trees are one mass of white petals as if covered with fleecy snow, & the rose & purple & white of the apple & peach & plum are scarcely less showy. Heaven bless our little blossom lassie & make all her life as flowery & happy as it promises to be now. Some time soon dear Maggie you must come to see us. A happy family are we, father Muir, Mother Muir, Grandfather Strentzel, Grand Mother Strentzel & little bloombud Muir, last, least, & yet greatest of all.


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1881 Mar 28


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0466

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