Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir



All Mr Hands family have moved to Phillips his father is postmaster there, and he had a brother about 30 years of age died there about a month ago he was brought to Portage to be buried. — There has been a great deal of sickness both there and here – and a good many deaths – A short time ago I attended Mrs Reids funeral she told Andrew to send for all the boys, but Charlie was the only one that got there in time before she died, but all the seven were there to see her laid away beside her husband [illegible] we had a visit with John we were glad to see him again – he has always been a good kind friend to me – they have had a more severe winter in Nebraska than they were prepared for – May the blessing that [maketh?] rich and addeth no sorrow ever be yours

Affectionately Mother


Portage 6th April 1881

Dear John

I have been much longer in writing to you than I should have been, but I hope this will find you and your wife quite well Annie wished to spend the winter at Phillips, and as Sarah was anxious that I should shut up my house and spend the winter with her, I did so, and stayed with her for twelve weeks – and I have only been home about a week and Anna has not yet returned home, but I expect her soon Annie G. came home with me and gave me what assistance I required and this week she is -

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-attending the Institute that is being held here – Sarah was very kind indeed and did every thing that lay in her power to do, to make my visit with her pleasant — Sarah and I went up to the garret and saw a good many of your things that was put into her care when we left the farm Perhaps you know that your father has gone back to Hamilton, he staid six weeks at Portage and three weeks at Phillips and then told Joanna to pack his truck for he was going – and he wrote to me that he felt very much better since he got back but his lameness is permanent being occasioned by a fall on the sidewalk Anna wrote to her father that she did not think that she would like to live in Canada but if she was


needed for a time she would be willing to go — What a very severe winter we have had – only think of snow drifts in Portage streets ten and twelve feet high – I know that you are so accustomed to see such piles of snow and ice, that you will not think we have seen much – but it was thought to be something immense here — David is always kind and ready to do all he can to assist me with all my affairs – he has been more closely confined than ever this winter to the store as Mr Parry was elected a member of the Assembly at Madison, and has been gone about twelve weeks he has now got home – and I wish that David could have a vacation now, he is looking so very thin —



Portage, [Wisc]

Date Original

1881 Apr 5


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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