Joanna [Muir Brown]


[John Muir]


2)you are all right, and still writing, writing, writing., Do you ever take a vacation as nearly all the world think they must do now a days? I am sure you [merit?] a rest when you work so constantlyWe have had a very hot, dry summer up to a week ago when it began to rain frequently, and now it is cool and delightful and the lawns are green and moist-Ethel and Bessie are to have a little rest soon and are looking forward to it with great pleasure, Bernice is getting along wonderfully well in[1]622 Hawthorn AveRichmond, VaJuly 8th 1914My dear brother John:-I am getting lonesome to hear from you, all the more because I think it is my fault,- I have not written to you since our little girl was married and you see besides having to write a good many letters to her, I have so much to do since she is not here to help me, But I think about you so very often that I must take time to tell you so, for I am always wondering if05790

3) her new home and is greatly pleased that her lot is cast in the country and among such kind good people.The scenery about her home is beautiful and she is always writing me descriptions of some part of it. I will quote from her letter received an hour ago - "At sunset we took a walk out over the land, and of all the pretty sights! last evening it was the most enchanting, we stood on the highest point and looked west at the beautiful sunset, then on one side were lovely green woods, and further away some rolling hills, and in the foreground was our neighbors great yellow wheat fields and nearer our own green fields of corn and potatoes so well cultivated and moist with rain, then to complete it all, there were dear little birds in the woods singing their evening songs - a dozen times I wished you were here, for you would have felt that perfect peace and rest which comes from being in harmony with nature"I am sure Bernice thanked you for the splendid wedding gift you sent her, first the generous check and then the beautiful books. I never was her so delighted as when they came, her cheeks got red and the tears came in her eyesWhen you have time tell us a little about your work and if you are well.Affectionately Sister Joanna


Richmond, Va.

Date Original

1914 Jul 8


Original letter dimensions: 16 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 22, Image 0457

Collection Identifier

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

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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