Annie L. Muir


Louie Strentzel Muir


Annie L Muir


Portage, Jan 11-1900 Dear Sister Louie, How strange to write in 1900- and to have such a difference of opinion as to whether we are now in the nineteenth or the twentieth century—For my part I do not suspect to enter the twentieth century in this life—or at least not for a year longer. And I am not troubling myself about the matter. I thank you heartily for the book which you sent me so kindly at Xmas time. It was good to be so generally remembered in my loneliness and I appreciated it I assure you. I have a good friends here and had a few of them with me on Xmas Day, but it was not like having our own. They have been few at best for a few years back. Well there can be no fewer now, unless I myself depart. I am not in the least glowing or despondent however. Although I realize that this letter might convey that idea. I do not think that any earthly situation could crush me while Gods presence is about me & His peace, which passeth all understanding reigns within. No I am happy & free of anxiety and all is well whatever may before me even death cannot grant by alarm me forever there His presence will be with me to sustain & comfort me. And I have a sure anchor which reaches where sight cannot enter. I do not wish to alarm any of you about my health. Perhaps it is no worse than it has been before but possible it is. I have been sick again this week but am better now, and am about as usual. The nervous strain upon me last week at the time of the death of Birdie [Reis]—of which I wrote to Sarah was too much for me as I seemed to have ahead cold at the same time. Please give my best love to John. I have not heard from him in so long a time that I do not know what to think. If he is not too busy &] tired I hope he will write to me soon. How are you now? I fear you have had a long trying time of it, but Sarah says you are better now. With much love your sister [Annie L.] P.S. I have not had time to read much of the book which you sent me yet, Bu I know I will enjoy it. Annie L.


Portage, WI

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Resource Identifier

1908 Jan 11 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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