Sarah M[uir] Galloway


John Muir


[in margin: I find this clipping was taken from the Weekly Witness instead of the Tribune Sarah] [4]ourselves, David does not feel able to work as he used to do when you were here, still he keeps doing all he can, Anna is just the same good, willing trusty girl she has ever been to us she will be twenty four next Decr – she taught school the past summer, but intends staying at home the coming winter, Celia is a lively laughing little body, learning to be a great help in household affairs, she has been taking music lessons the past summer and is getting to be quite a musician, she will be just sixteen tomorrow; Gracie, our little girl, is very fond of going with her Father, and helping him do chores, she is getting along nicely with her studies and is quite a reader, she is eight years old last month. I heard from Maggie a short time ago, her health seems to keep about the same she seems to be somewhat homesick yet. Dans health is much improved since going to Neb., what a band of little girls he has now I have not heard what he has named the baby yet. I had letters from Mary and Joanna, they are well, I am going to Phillips on a visit soon and will stay a week or two, it will be my first visit there. You will have heard that David and Katy, also Mother were up there this fall. David is not feeling well, he is too much confined to the store. Now my dear brother I must close you are far from us, but we pray often that the loving Father that has watched over and cared for you always will prosper you in your work and bring you safely back againYour loving sister, Sarah M Galloway[1]Port Hope Wis Sept 14th / 81My Dear brother JohnIf I write to you I wonder if you will ever receive my letter, you are so far far away now it seems as though this could never reach you, but if there is the slightest chance I know you will be glad to hear from us, how glad we are, when we hear that Mother has received a letter from your own dear hand, to know where you are, and what you are doing, my dear brother, God has already brought you through dangers without [number?], and we trust that he will bring you safely back to your dear family, and to us all, we pray for your preservation and happiness and look hopefully forward. What a wonderful part of of the world you

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[2]were in, when last we heard of you[,?] I see you have heard of one of the vessels you were in search of, I hope you will soon hear from the others, what a sad sad story there must be co[illegible]ed with the history of those vessels, can it be that all are lost, Oh! John if some of the poor fellows could be brought back to their houses and loved ones again. I saw in the New York Tribune of last week I think an account of the route, of the “Alliance the vessel engaged in the same work the Corwin, also the plans put in operation for the success of of their work, if I can find the piece I will send it. I have not heard from Louie yet I should be so glad to hear if she and the baby were well, I intend writing to her soon, it must be a great trial for her to be so far from you, but I am glad to think she01025 [3]is with her Father and Mother, she could not have better s[illegible] under the circumstances. David saw Mother yesterday she has just moved out of the house where she has been so long, and settled in a [illegible]g little brick house, where I think she will be very comfortable for the winter. Sept [22?] You will see I have been hindered with my letter. I was in Portage last week and called upon Mother, the first time in the new house, I was delighted to see how very neat and cozy every thing was arranged, but Mother was sick some time ago, and is not feeling very strong yet, I coaxed her to come home with me, she staid a few days, and thought she felt better for her visit, Annie is a good part of the time at work at David’s Store. We are all pretty well here, working away about the old way, still if you were here you would see a good many changes, more perhaps then we realize


Port Hope, Wis.

Date Original

1881 Sep 14/24


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 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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