Alice D. Ryan
Paris Texas, Dec 24-’90 Dear Auntie, We were so sorry to hear of dear Uncle’s death. I know it is a great sorrow to you all, and we deeply sympithise with you. It grieves me to think that I never had an opportunity of seeing him. Oh how sorry I am that you and Uncle did not come out to see us in the early part of the summer as you [ ] of doing. He appreciate the papers you sent us telling us of his death, and also [ ] of his life. Ma is deeply grieved over your great loss and sincerely sympathises with you [all] in your great affliction. Law was the first one to notify us of dear Uncle’s death. Hav’nt seen any of the relatives (save Julian) for a long time. He think of going up xmas. I send you a photograph of our baby. He think she is a great baby. Her name is Fay Elizabeth. We call her Fay. She was two years old in June last. She has a great memory for faces. She knows all the presidents of the United States from Washington down, and their names too just by showing their [pictures] to her. She is quite a small child for her age. The position she assumed in the photo was of her own suggestion. Mary’s school is not [ ] after the holidays. She attends the “Female Institute” She is fond of music and plays very nicely. [ ] goes to the Public School. It closes today for the holidays. He is a tall boy for his age, very affectionate with us, especially his Grandma, but timid and shy with strangers. Ma is in splendid health. She has grown to be fleshy. Mr. Ryan is at home for the period but he will slash out on the road again mid week. We are all in good health and I am thankful to say. We’ve had very little cold weather so far. Tis raining now, but after this rain, we will likely have a cold snap. Tomorrow is Xmas day a time for merry-making + glee. [ ] to you dear Auntie, ‘twill be a time of mourning and grief for the beloved one who has passed on. Ma, Mr. Ryan, and the children join me in love and sympathy. Write me when it is convenient. Of course I would like to have you write me as soon as possible, but unless you feel able do not worry. Your loving niece Alice D. Ryan
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Ryan, Alice D., "Letter from Alice D. Ryan to Auntie, 1890 Dec 24" (1890). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6721.
1890 Dec 24 Alice D. Ryan to Auntie
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