Julia Merrill Moores


John Muir


[Marked "Indianapolis letters"]

946 N. Pa. St.,
Feb. 2nd, 1895.

My dear Mr. Muir,
Our dear friend,

Will you take a letter from me in reply to your kind one of the 7th [of] January, instead of one from Janet? We have delayed answering, hoping that she might be able to Write. But somehow she has not accomplished it yet -- and so I set forth. She will write to you when she feels that she can -- for she loves you dearly -- and wants to tell you how happy your letter made her.
We have been at home now three months today, and it has been "good for Janet to be here." She is very much improved since finding the happiness of home, and you may be very sure that she was, and is, a large part of that happiness. We feel all made over, and rejoice daily in the return of this dear child. She is not entirely well, but so much improved that we have strong hope now that it may not be long until she is her own sweet self again.
We are delighted to get the photo of yourself, for we love to keep along with you in the moving years. Alas!some of us are far ahead of you when it comes to grey hairs and wrinkles, and general good-for-nothingness. The likeness is good, but rather thinner than I wished. Janet says the cottage is perfect. It certainly is very delightful looking -- a sweet home for wife and children. We love to think of you all in so lovely a place. And now for something about other folks. Sister Kate is well, and still teaching with all the enthusiasm of younger years. She is up to see us every few days, and always dines with us on Sundays. Mina is well. The Graydons and Ketchams are still holding their own. We hope to see Katy home in April. Janet takes drawing lessons three times a week, and is thus occupied and interested. Merrill is a great strong fellow, weighing 170 lbs. He works hard, is never idle -- but sometimes I wonder whether in the wisest way. He cannot keep out of politics, tho he does not care for the reward himself. Charles keep close to his office and works hard. They are both great comforts to us. When are you coming East? We want to see you in our new home. Will you not sometime bring wife and children to see us? Janet sends great love and thanks for your remembrance.


Julia Merrill Moores


Indianapolis [Ind.]

Date Original



Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24.5 cm.

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Reel 08, Image 0805

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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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