S[arah] M[uir] Galloway


[John Muir & Louie Strentzel Muir]



Portage, Wis.

Dec 18 / 94

My dear Brother and Sister:

another year of the sunshine and shadow that life brings to us have passed, and in our hearts we are reaching out to each other with the same unchanging love, and glad good wishes. May a renewed supply of all that is good and best in life rejoice your hearts, and may all the dear ones about you be blessed with health and strength to enjoy the blessings as they come.




I think we have great cause for Thankfulness that during the trying years through which we have been passing that we have all been blessed with so many of the privileges and comforts of life.
Though we are scattered and so far apart and cannot touch each others hand, we can send our thoughts over the distance and receive the answering greeting and so heart almost touches heart.
We have heard from Jessie since her visit with you all



and she tells us what a fine, capable, helpful girl Wanda has grown to be, also so strong and well and of bright little laughing Helen, what treasures of comfort they will be to you both, also to Grandma. I send them love and good wishes. I imagine them scampering among the hills sometimes and coming home with hand full of the beautiful things growing all about. We have been taking great pleasure in reading your book John. You take us almost there, to see the things just as you have seen



[in margin: I send a little Box for Wanda and Helen along with this letter.]

and if I only had strength I could scramble along with you with right good will. You remember Grandma Galloway said, I will see all God's wonderful works, but it would be after she had passed from this life, so I think it will be so with me, I could not do much in the way of tramping now, but I can read and enjoy the results of your tramping, and it is grand.
Mother enjoys it exceedingly and talks of the love you show for everything you write about. I hope Grandma



is well, remember me to her, and give her my kindest regards. Things go on about as usual here, that girls are still in the store in their old places. Joanna has not been well for some time but is bettern than she has been, the children are well. Ethel and Bessie are attending school Bernice at home her Mothers company and messenger. a deer little witch who comes in to see us very often and tells us how she loves us and so on. We have been having lovely weather for some time, so mild for the season. Trusting that you are all well I will close wishing you all a happy Christmas and joyous New Year

Lovingly S. M. Galloway


Portage, Wisc.

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Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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