Annie L. Muir


Annie L. [Muir]


John Muir, Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid] & Sarah [M. Galloway]



In the store here of late, I hear nothing but politics. And now that the election is past and Parry elected to the Senate [illegible] from all directions keep coming in to [form?] his acquaintance and to congratulate him — How is my little niece Wanda, Kiss her for me, I hope I shall see her and her mamma some day. Now Sisters please write to us soon and give us your “experience.” Mother and myself will be delighted to hear from you all soon.

Lovingly Yours Annie L—



Portage Wis— Nov. 10. 1882

Dear Maggie, Sarah & John.

How glad I am in the thought of your reunion! In imagination I see you, and you talk, and talk, and talk; and there is never time to talk enough. You go over the old days, when you were all young together, and then you each [recount?] the inte[illegible] days. and so the time passes- If it were only John with his wife and baby that were here, and we could all join in the talks how happy we would all be —

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Mary has returned to her home, and Mother and I are alone again. and since Maggie and Sarah have wandered away so far, we feel more alone than ever. Only David near us; but we are very glad you [visit?] No doubt it will be a blessing to all con[illegible] – Anna G.G. and D. M. G., have been in town several times lately. the seem to get along finely only, missing their head[illegible]. By the way, we received wonderful intelgence from Joanna today. Baby Ethel, born on Election day, in Little Rock Ark. – No doubt you have heard from them


I am trying to write in the store and so many are the interruptions that I find it difficult – or rather you will find [deleted word] it difficult to “find the connections I have become very industrious of late. Have been painting the [fountains?], flower-pots &c. Looking our husks for beds, and all sorts of things. mornings before going to the store, noon and nights, so that I have not seemed to find time for writing, reading or any thing intellectual – We are very busy in the store. and so the days and weeks whirl by, and I scarcely know where they go or where I am.


Portage, Wis

Date Original

1882 Nov 10


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0930

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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