Ann Gilrye Muir


[Ann G. Muir]


Dan[iel H. Muir]



and expected to be gone six weeks but was gone twelve — I do wish David could have a vacation as I think he really needs one very much — Your father has had a scalded foot to add to his lameness but is now nearly well A baby girl has come to Johns home in Cal – for which he is very much pleased he writes that Cherry Apple Pear and Plum trees are loaded with white blossoms – his letter was wrote in March — I send much love to Emma and the dear children also to yourself hoping that gods richest blessings may ever rest on you and all yours

Lovingly Mother


Portage 9th April 1881

Dear Danl

It seems a very long time since I had a letter from either you or Emma. I feel anxious to know how you all are getting along, I hope you are all well and comfortable — I expect you have experienced a very severe winter, as well as we have, but it has come upon you very unexpectedly, “has the snow all gone get – the drifts have not all left Portage yet – but are thawing out and the streets are in a bad condition There have been and still are great many cases of scarlet fever and diphtheria here, and a great

[1881] John Muir’s daughter Wanda was born Mar. 25, 1881

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-many children have died I have spent the winter very pleasantly as I did not keep house at all – Annie wished to spend the winter at Phillips and Sarah wished me to stay with her so I stayed with them twelve weeks and Sarah did all she could to make my visit comfortable – I only got home about a week ago – and Annie has not got home yet – but Annie [illegible]- came with me – she is attending an Institute this week that is being held here – her health has been quite poor all winter but she is feeling much better now, and hopes to teach this summer I think I told you that my house was sold to the city but they told me I might stay there as long as I wished –


- of course by paying a rent – so I think that probably I shall remain here during the summer. Is your health quite restored and have you had a good [picture?] during the winter; has any of the children been able to attend school Do you intend to go to farming again this coming summer – I am sure I feel as much – interested in all your plans and would be pleased to have one of you write oftener. I am afraid things have not turned out as your expected – When I came home I felt surprised to see David looking so very thin and poor – he has been more confined than ever this winter, as Parry was elected a member of Asembly at Madison


Portage, [Wisc.]

Circa Date

[1881] Apr 9


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

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