Lena Vanderbilt


Lena Vanderbilt


[Louie] Muir


[in margin: 165]

Sitka Alaska Sept 11th. 1881

Dear Mrs Muir,

We received your letter of July 14th by last steamer, I should have answered by the return steamer but had so much to attend to I did not find the time I wished. We were so glad to learn that you had heard from Mr Muir and that he was well. I presume you have heard again from him by this time. Mr Vanderbilt has written Mr Muir. You must indeed be very lonely in your separation I hope it will not be for long. Annie is very well – growing almost too fast She is so sweet and nice I do not like to have her change too


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rapidly, she is a great pet here as she is the only little American girl of her age here. Annie was very fond of Mr Muir when he was at our house, she seemed to prefer him to her Papa or Mama, Your little Annie must be very sweet and a great comfort during Mr Muirs absence, I should so dearly like to see her, she must be four or five months old now. The Jamestown leaving here has made quite a change, quite a number of the officers had their wives here and now that they have gone the place seems quite deserted but some of the [Wachusett?] officers are sending this steamer for their wives so it will not be so lonely. Thank you very kindly for your invitation to visit you. Mr Vanderbilt’s business will not permit his leaving

here this winter but we hope to go to California some time next year and then we will most happily accept your invitation. We see by late papers that the Corwin will be at San Francisco soon and we sincerely trust that Mr Muir will be with you before long. With best wishes and kind regards hoping that in your next we may hear of the safe return of Mr Muir

I remain sincerely yours Jena Vanderbilt


Sitka, Alaska

Date Original

1881 Sep 11


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0690

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