Joanna M[uir] Brown


John Muir



Portage Wis.

March 4, 1894

Dear brother John:

I have been long in answering your kind New Year letter but that does not mean that I did not appreciate it for I was very glad to receive a letter from you again.
You asked how Walter was getting along, and I have been waiting to be able to write some good news about him, and although


Annie keeps on foot wonderfully. Sarah has not been well since Christmas but is feeling considerably better lately.
I have not heard of anything new from your pen of late. Are you writing now?
I hope you and your dear ones are well and happy. Please give my love to all and be sure you have a good large place in all our hearts. Thanks for our share of the Christmas gifts.

Lovingly yours,

Joanna G. Brown



I have nothing great to write yet, I can at least say that business is improving somewhat and the prospect somewhat less depressing--and now that winter is behind us and spring before us there is promise of better things. What hope and cheer comes with the springtime.
The winter here has been very changeful, extreme cold and unusual mildness following each other, and causing much sickness; but amidst all the sickness on every hand and on almost every household, we have been preserved in health


and strength, so you see we much to be thankful for. The children are very well and growing as fast as possible. I had a little sick spell a few weeks ago. The first since I came to this house, and Ethel met the emergency wonderfully She not only cooked and waited on the little ones but waited on me too. So you see I am not entirely alone.
The sweet promise, "I will not leave you comfortless" is always verified to us whether in spiritual or temporal need.
Mother is in her usual health and comfort and


Portage, Wis

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Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24.5 cm.

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