Annie L. Muir
Portage. Wis.,July 12, '94.
Dear Brother John:
I am writing to you this morning on Joanna's account, chiefly, and so will speak of that first. She talked her affairs over with me yesterday, and said that she had never been so hard pressed for money as now -- that Walter's affairs had managed to take another bad twist of some kind, and he had not been able to send money as usual and that in consequence her rent and grocery bills were unpaid. Said she had thought she would not ask for help from anyone, nor speak of her needs, but was at last compelled to do so. Mother and Sarah each let her have a little, but they could not give her much, and as I knew that you would not be willing that she should lack anything that was needed I persuaded her to let you know about it. She has been worrying about things and overdoing in this warm weather, and is not well, and so I am writing for her. She hopes that Walter will soon be aboe to send money again and that she will then be able to return what has been lent to her. Her children are well-- rosy and happy, which is a great comfort to her. And God is over all, in whom she trusts, so that she is not in despair, although discouraged at times. Her confidence in Walter is unshaken. I think her indebtedness is about fifty dollars. There, John, I knew your kindness and tenderness of heart by experience, and knew that you would blame me if knowing this I did not let you know, and therefore I have told you all.
I am most happy to say that mother keeps quite comfortably well through this trying hot weather. She is looking thin for her, but she takes things easy and goes out for a walk in the cool of the evening and enjoys herself pretty well. Sarah is much better than she has been. About the same as when you were here. But she was quite sick in the spring. I have been sick and well again several times, but on the whole have much more to be thankful for than to complain of.
I had a loving good letter from Mrs. C.C.Parry in which she wished to be remembered to you and your family. With, love to you all,I am.
Ever yours affectionately,
Annie L. Muir
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.
Muir, Annie L., "Letter from Annie L. Muir to [John Muir], 1894 Jul 12." (1894). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6869.
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