Louie Strentzel Muir


Margaret Muir Reed


Dear Sister Louie, The Dear Boys John & Daniel arrived here yesterday. O how good it was to see them. John looks natural to me this time and I hope that we may never be separated so long again that we will not know each other. I have been thinking so much about you & dear little Wanda since they came & wishing I could see you, and your good parents. O how I wish you could have come too and fearing that perhaps you might be a little lonely without John I thought I must talk with you a little this morning I wish I could come in and sit down beside you instead of writing. I am sorry that you are not feeling very well but you will be better bye & bye. I thank you for your kind invitation to come out with John, but much as I would like to see you all I cannot come for a good many reasons. One is that my father is on his death bed. John says that we may not be surprised to hear of his decease any day although he may linger for a month. And so you are to have poor [Annie] with you a while I am glad she is better and able to go. The boys (as they seem to be, as of old) are having a grand, good time together. I wish you could see them & hear their tongues go about old times & old time friends & neighbors. When I told them that I was writing to you Daniel said “Tell Louie that I am taking care of John. That I have gone around with him taking care of him ever since he came.” I am so glad that John prevailed on Daniel to come west with him, it will do no harm, so much good I do not think anyone else could and he needed a change. He is looking pretty well now they have started a few minutes ago to see Wm Ride’s folks will be back tomorrow. John says to tell you that he is ready to start any time & that they stayed two days with Dan in Lincoln. & much as I would like to hold him longer I do not want to be too selfish when he tells us how much he is needed at home I think by what he told me of your letter that you are doing bravely in his absence. I hope that you will not overdo but do take good care of yourself. Give your kind regards to your Father and Mother. I am gland that her health is improving + hop she will soon regain her usual strength. Remember me to Mrs. Magee & family. Also Mr. [Swett] folks when you meet them. And now with a kiss for Wanda. I would like very much to hear from you. The girls send love to Aunt Louie & Wanda. Tell Wanda Papa sends this little flower to her. Maggie



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Resource Identifier

1885 Sep 3 Maggie to Louie

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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