Joanna [Muir Brown]
Annie [L. Muir]
Phillips Wis Dec. 5. ’81.
I am indebted to you for several kind letters but your last gave me the most pleasure of all. An abiding trust in God, and peace which passeth knowledge in the heart is met truly the greatest good which it is possible for God to bestow upon mortal man; I am so glad you possess this gift. I have wished many times of late for a talk with you. We had hoped to spend the holiday at home and so have a good long visit with you all before we go south but I do not know whether it is possible or not
I am half afraid I will not be strong enough to travel and then I am not sure that Walter will get back in time. But oh, Annie! I cannot bring my precious baby with me, we may bring the little body to lay in the Portage Cemetery but you can never see her in this world I did so want Mother and you all to see our darling little treasure than I had ever hoped to possess. I think all who saw her awake said she was the sweetest baby that ever came to Phillips. When you had these little verses put in the paper you did not know how much comfort they would give me, I repeat that last verse over and over again — “How strange to enter Paradise as she today
with not one tear in those sweet eyes to wipe away” Sometimes I cannot but rejoice that she is never to know [ever this?] sorrow and pain and sin, and yet at times it seems as though my heart would break I long so to feel her little soft cheek against mine and her tiny fingers clasp around my own as they used to do. Annie I hope you and mother pray for me often. Walter writes often and seems so far to be quite successful but his absence is very hard to bear. I have been down stairs twice and intend to go down today to dinner. Father is well and seems quite contented now. Please write often. Much love to Mother. Yours with sincerest sisterly love.
1881 Dec 5
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Brown, Joanna Muir, "Letter from Joanna [Muir Brown] to Annie [L. Muir], 1881 Dec 5." (1881). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 683.
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