John Muir


John Muir


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?]

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[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


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1882 Jan 3


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0776

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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