Louie [Strentzel] Muir


[John Muir]



[1] [4] [May, 1881]

Wednesday daybreak

My beloved husband,

All this weary night I have held our baby in my arms, and waited waited for the sound of your voice, the touch of your hand, wildly hoping, refusing to know that fate could be so cruel and deny me the comfort of your presence for yet another day. O John if only I could look upon your face


their touch is over all this paper, and the rosebud mouth has kissed your name. I believe and trust that our Heavenly Father will be good to you because of her, and O my husband if the love and unceasing prayers of your faithful wife can at last avail to shield you from peril and sorrow, your life

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once more before you go away into the awful silence and darkness of the North, it would not be so hard to bear O my husband if there can be any delay in the Corwin’s sailing I beseech you, come for the love our own wee, wee bairnie However it be, pray, pray that God will bless her and hold her always in His loving care. How beautiful she has been tonight nestling and clinging against my breast


and looking up with her great starry eyes as if she would understand and comfort me. She was sick all yesterday so I cannot leave her out of my sight and arms. I try with all my strength to be brave for her dear sake, and when you come again home, please God, she will be the bonniest sweetest lassie that ever gladdened a loving fathers heart while I write, her little hands are still clinging to mine and


will be safe and blessed, and the love of God will lead you and abide with you evermore.

Louie Muir.

[in margin: 849]


[Martinez, Calif.]


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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