Sister Mary [Hand]
Martinez, California, January 3, 1883.
Dear Sister Mary,
I was very glad indeed to get your letter giving the particulars concerning poor Joanna & her vanished babe I have been very anxious about her & was greatly relieved by the news you send as to her recovery. The loss of her little darling first born & Sarahs terrible loss are the saddest of all our
family experiences. May the New Year bring us Heavens best blessings to brighten our widely scattered homes & turn our grief to joy. What about this new home that Mr Brown is said to be seeking somewhere in Arkansas. I am not able thus far to get any particulars & somehow even to me as a wanderer Arkansas seems somewhat out [landish?]
[in margin: join me in new year & old year love John Muir Here is one of my photographs Louie Wanda & Anna Wanda]
although since the war some new & better society centers are being formed. I can fancy how big a place & how bright a radiance your little boy fills & sheds on your home in the woods, children of his age whatever there parentage may be have always fascinated me, & when they are begotten of good parents they are just so much the better. Our own little big girl makes the home, & the farm, & the vineyard, & or [illegible], & the hills, & the whole landscape near & far shine for us & when among the Eskimos & the [illegible] about the icy polar shores of Siberia & Alaska this summer the little moony faces of the babies in their fur bags had a new interest for me, as you may now readily understand. Some of these new years-, some of the [80s?] will surely bring us & our babies together. So I pray & hope; & in the meantime wish you all the happines that an affectionate brother can. John Muir
1882 Jan 3
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Sister Mary [Hand], 1882 Jan 3." (1882). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 691.
Reel 04, Image 0776
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