Sarah [Muir Galloway]


[John Muir]


[3]and is enjoying the country. I also had a letter from Mrs Isabella Sanderson, she was in Virginia with her youngest daughter, she always enjoys your writings as they come out. She is eighty years old now but seems to be well and to enjoy life.David and Ette are both much better than earlier in the summer-, David goes fishing now sometimes. Give my kindest remembrances to Wanda and family and also to Helen when you write. I have written to both since these last babies came, but I know how busy they are.Affectionately Sarah.[1]Pacific Grove Calif.Octr 27 - 1914My dear brother John:-I have not heard from you for some time and am wondering if you are quite strong and well now. If you are at home I know that you will be busy writing, perhaps on Alaska, for I have not heard that the book is out yet. I received a letter from Mary which I think I will enclosed so that you may know what an05871

[2]experience she has had and also the results. We, at different times have passed through many heavy thunder storms but always escaped unhurt, and think of Mary having such a narrow escape from death in her own house. It will likely take a long time before she quite recovers, her head being in the condition it is she ill not be able to read much or do things to pass the time- In writing I told her she would have to watch the[3]birds and see what they were doing and also see the flowers in her garden, that is what Grace has been doing while she has been unable to be about lately- and has found it very interestingI had a letter from Dan's wife this summer. They seem to be getting on well, from what she writes I think Dan has a good practice. The little girl is in school now When Joanna wrote last all was well, Bernice is getting on fine in her new home.

[3]came and set by me awhile She had called the day before - but I did not hear her ring - She explained that the following following morning she would start for the west again- and had engagement for every hour remaining - hence the early call - I was well acquainted with her mother Mrs. Parker- when they lived here,- Lawton Parker- the son is a noted artiest - who for[1]My dear sister motherFor several days you have been in my mind, so I must write to youWe trust you are not sick- but maybe you need a letter. Several times in like cases, I have received a letter - from the one to whom I was writing - - their telepathic message came on ahead - and had around me to my duty.-05871

[2]How are you sister?- I often often think of you two or three of our family - so close to the beautiful waters of the great BayNo doubt the little city is much changed since I was there - much improved as well - could not help being improved - with you in it Sarah dear.Last week I had an early morning call - from a California lady - Mrs. Freeman - who for a number of years - lived in Kearney - Her home is now in southern California - but they still own Kearney property; Their pretty Kearney home is two blocks from where we are.Mrs. Freeman greatly enjoys Johns writings - says she reads all his writings that she can get - and seems to keep track of where he is: good judgement sure: - Where do you suppose she found me?- in bed- and

[6]last moment-. The meter and telephone snapped and crackled as if going to pieces, To me the room was dangerous with electricity - the crack came - and I was caught - my head seemed bursting - - my tongue stiffened- I tried to shout for Willis but no words came- pieces of something seemed flying about -- lights went out - & &c-- and then such a time -- —no sleep came to me that night- not until near four oclock next morning.[4] 2.years lived and studied in Paris- and still has a studio there - and also one in Chicago - Last year he painted a picture for the Salon in Paris - and took the [honors?]. His was pronounced the greatest picture painted in 1913 - and the degree and honors - given were the greatest ever earned by an AmericanSo you see he is away way up in art—- One day I enjoyed - a call from05871

[5]this artist and his mother - and am still proud of compliments he gave some of my humble work- —Perhaps you would like to know why Mrs. Freeman found me in bed — Last July 23d. late in the evening - I bethought me to be clean and cool for bed and proceeded to [love?] in water - during which time an electric storm was unseremoniously - hastening over-head - very rapidly coming nearer and nearer . The electric burst and rumblings were more and more alarming and wisely concluding to escape that part of the house I reached for the towel - when the fateful explosion came- I had been only a very short time in the kitchen - and many times during summer- we had threats more alarming in sound so I had no fear till about the

[9]you all- when not sore headed to be entertaining — Helen had fine visits with - Grace and Dr. Paulin - last summer - she never tired telling the fun she had - - - May I hear from you some good day - and tell me just how well you are - I hope you are real-well. - - Give my love and good wishes to those I know in the Grove-LovinglySister Mary-Oct. 17-1914.Kearney-Willis sends love[7] 3-Willis had been asleep -- he said "there was no electricity in the house"- I knew better - and so did he when he found the place where the plaster was broken - and saw little scraps of paper and crums of plaster on the dining table and scattered evenly over the rug — — After all this I began to get better some - but very slowly - although we had the advice of an excellent physician - - I keep about - yet take few liberties - My head 05871

[8]and throat, were hurt the most - Patience and time - will do the work of mending -- but a degree of impatience demands attention occasionally - There is not fun in this state of things, yet nothing is left out - that goes for help or comfort - as all times there is much to be thankful for - even in the midst of regretI am - writing with pencil finding it much easier than with pen --- you don't mind do you? -- What do you think of war across the big water Do you and David - exchange views? - Is'nt it too dreadful -- Are the catholics responsible - are not they the instigators - There are many reasons for thinking so - even though they choose to work under cover - out of sight —How is David taking life - in the same jolly mood of long ago? - I should like to reach over and take a peek at


Pacific Grove, Calif.

Date Original

1914 Oct 27


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.

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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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