Louie Strentzel Muir




Honey Grove Texas Sept 11th 1892 Dear Louie, We shall probably start home on Wednesday the 21st of Sept as by that time we will have made a pretty long visit. They all want us to stay longer but I think Georgia will like to go then, she says she has net been homesick yet but I fear she will if we stay too long. What do you think about Louie [Ervin] going home with me? Uncle Zack has decided to go back to his old home, and will take all the children except Lorraine. When he returns he will [remain] with Lacy in [ ]. Louie is quite a handsome girl 17 years old, and they all tell me is a very [good] girl, is very studious and anxious to learn, is fond of reading and talk, but little has a low [voice] and speaks her words very quickly. She seems to have a perfect passion for drawing and painting, she only began last January, and I think it is surprising what progress she has made in so short a time. I have not said anything to her yet about going, [ ] to her father and mother, for I do not know what would be best for the child. If she could remain here and go on with her studies she might do well, but I fear she will go back with them. I know our children would be delighted with her and I have thought she could study with them when you get another teacher, and stay six months, or a year, and by that time we could see what would be best for her. I want you to write and tell me what you think of it. The day of the wedding has been changed again, they will be married on the 13th, which is next Tuesday. The wedding will be very quiet, only the relatives and a few intimate friends will be present. Mr. White is a merchant here, is a brother of Eva’s husband, is a widower with one child. He seems to be a steady good man, but I think [the family] they do not like him as they did [ ] Mr. Smith. Aunt Bessie and Mary always shed tears when Mr. Smith’s name is mentioned. They went with me to his grave and cried like their hearts would break. He must have been a noble man from what they all tell me. I fear the grapes will not come in time but we tell [ ] we can eat them after she is gone to San Antonio on her wedding [ ]. You must send Alice a [ ]. Write and tell me how you all are. Hope your health is better. Love to the children. Grandma


Honey Grove, TX

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1892 Sep 11 Grandma to Louie

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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