Joanna [Muir Brown]
(2)You cannot think how glad I am that Helens health holds out so bravely, Sometimes these delicate girls surprise everybody Bernice too is steadily gaining in health and strength, which is a source of great encouragement to me, in this time of stern problemsIt seems that the terrible war is not only destroying the youth and consuming the wealth of Europe but is also seriously effecting the prosperity of our own country. It is reported that in Philadelphia alone seventy five thousand men are out of employment, and we ourselves are feeling the blow(1)622 Hawthorne [Ave?]Richmond Va.My dear brother JohnYour letter of August was as welcome as your letters always are, and in it you told me of your six grandsons, since then Sarah has sent us the wonderful tidings of a seventh which according to scripture is a complete number, and certainly a number to be proud of But if the number should reach the proverbial twelve why that would be still more to be proud of.05889
(3)for the firm by which the girls are employed have closed down one of their mils (lumber mills) and after discharging one hundred and fifty of their men have reduced all salaries twenty five percent This you see means close times for us as Mr Brown too is having a hard fight and has not been able to help us at all since his failure in business We will get along in some fashion however if only the other lumber mill is not closed at the beginning of the year, in which case, of course, all employees would be laid off indefinitely.What a sinful and useless thing war is any way! I cannot understand the inhumanity of man to man-I trust you have made great progress on your Alaska book and we will be hoping soon to have the pleasure and profit of reading it. Please give my congratulations to Wanda on her wealth in the favor of four fine sons, and when you write to Helen please tell her how pleased her aunt Joanna is to know of her fine little family and good healthWith warmest love to yourself my dear brother I am affectionatelyJoanna
Original letter dimensions: 16 x 25 cm.
Brown, Joanna Muir, "Letter from Joanna [Muir Brown] to [John Muir], [ca. 1914]." (1914). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6699.
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