David G. Muir


D[avid] G. Muir


John Muir




Portage, Wis Mch 4 1891

Dear Bro John

Yours of June 13 was duly recd & right glad was I to hear from you It seems almost impossible for me to write letters to relations or friends because I have to write so many business letters. Glad to learn of the good health of yourself & family & I can partly imagine your increased responsibilities & cares. We are all well & squeezing along determined to succeed if strong will & [illegible] and application will do it. Mother’s health is good. Very much better than last winter. She goes out considerable & seems to be contented & happy & has plenty. Sarah’s health is also very much improved in health during the last year. She has no


money of any [illegible] except what she earns. She boards Mother Annie Joanna & her three children & a young lady who attends school & receive sufficient therefore to to get a living & her clothes also Grace’s who helps her do housework Joanna did want to find other quarters but I persuaded her to try and live with Sarah for the sake of helping her They all live in my house for which I charge her no rent & keep telling her not to consider it a debt I guess Annies money is all used she makes considerable money by selling fish scale jewelry to the ladies. [Manufactured? by a Miss Moore her health is very fair & Mother helps her when she is in need. Joanna is all right Walter Sends her plenty of money so she pays her way in no stinted manner. Walter & his Bank has passed the [crises?] & is making money, with a bright prospect.

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as for John Reid & Maggie you know all about them. You wrote me to send [them?] some money last year but we were very hard pushed ourselves all of last year. the hardest I ever was. Ever since Jno Reid left Portage I have paid his life insurance for Maggie’s sake in case anything might happen to him, which with some other things I paid for him amounts to about $1000.00 beside this when he wrote me in desperation in Dec 1889 I [borrowed?] $500.00 & sent it to him. I never could decide whether to charge this to you or not because you wrote me not to send money for the land but for Maggies necessities


So I’ll leave that for you to decide. I think I’ve answered all of your questions. My three children & grandson & son in law are all well & prospering finely We have rented our other house to Mrs Muirs cousin; we board with them & have all the room we want & Mrs Muir works in the store with Mr We are getting things in better shape increasing sales & if we have no bad luck, & times improve we hope to live through it. paying interest on a large sum is what ret[illegible] us but we have excellent health & are willing to work & do when we can afford it we intend to see Cal & all of our friends. Our kindest regards to yourself & family.

Affectionately your brother

D. G Muir.

Write soon again.

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Portage, Wis

Date Original

1891 Mar 4


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0107

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