Mary Muir Hand


Mary [Muir Hand]


John Muir & Louie [Strentzel Muir]



Thus far we have had a very pleasant winter at present it is very mild The snow melts some every day — Our boy sends his cousin Wanda a kiss – so he says – He is getting to be as full of pranks as the day is long — We both join in love and good wishes to you —,

Affectionately, Sister Mary.



[Phillips?], Wis. Dec, 24/82—

John and Louie,

Dear brother & Sister We wish you a “Merry Christmas” Perhaps the wish may reach you in season – although this letter may not find you until nearer “New Years” May the year be a happy one to you both, and in it may your darling Wanda develop more and more in all the graces that make her sweet and pleasing — — — My big-sisters write me that there is a

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possibility of your making us all a visit next year. Oh how we all hope you may!- We anticipate pleasure beyond expression at such a meeting – Is there no wisdom in hoping that we may all meet in a family reunion The family has grown to be so large in all its branchings, that it would not be an easy matter, as some one is apt to be sick or some one has the care of a little one – or some something comes to make a hinderance but we will hope that a day may come that brings no hinderance with it.


In your last letter John —you sent me a picture to enlarge for you, as I promised to do in a letter written some time before – I have not forgotten it, but will do it some time. D.V. — I have not been well enough to do much in picturing for some time. During the summer I made two little flower-pictures in oil and one in water colors that is all – We are expecting more of Wheler’s photographs ere very long – and then we will send you one May we look for one of Wanda’s some time? -


Phillips, Wis

Date Original

1882 Dec 24


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0980

Collection Identifier

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

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