Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid]
John Muir & Louie [Strentzel Muir]
& all I have enjoyed at your hands. [illegible] fail me. May God bless you
Crete, Neb Mar 28, 1883
My Dear Brother John & Sister Louie
We arrived safe & sound, at Lincoln on Saturday & found Bro Dan at the depot waiting for us, but feeling very uncertain about us comming by Lincoln as David & John had written to him that they did not know which way we would come, and thinking we might perhaps come by Rearney junction, they decided to watch for us at the Crete depot & wrote to Dan asking him to go to the other & if we came that way to send a dispatch direct, so that they could come down on the evening freight. but with all their watching & [warning?] [deleted: of] the telegraph operator
that if a dispatch came to send it directly to a certain place, he, or the message boy, failed to be prompt, & to their dismay they heard the whistle of the departing train, as the dispatch was put into their hands. The poor fellows went home hanging their heads. There is a freight train starts from Crete for Lincoln at six oclock A. M. so they concluded to try to go by it. but were again doomed to disappointment when they found out the train was about three hours late. They then went home & ate breakfast & I suppose began to think that there was nothing certain in this world, and judging by our behaviour the past winter. that perhaps we would object to Sunday traveling & might not come home until next day. so they then sent a dispatch telling us to come to Crete on the noon train. (which of course was our intention)
about an hour before train time Dan remarked that we had better be getting our things in [readyness?] as the huckman was comming early. When Anita came in saying that she saw some one comming very much like Uncle John. The office door bell rang, & Dan said it would not be them as they would not ring at that door Dan went out and I heard him talking to some one & of course thought it was a patient, but in a minute the door oppened . & in walked David G. & John R. They just had time to make a call when we started for home. found the children all well & happy. Annie has not been very well. & looks rather care worn. they are all delighted with their presents & will write bye & bye. the Corals were all right Jessie thinks they
so beautiful. & thanks you very much. There seemed to be nothing but little remnants of snow here & there among the mountains. Most of the way everything looked parched, untill Saturday when the air became damp & rainy it has been dull cloudy days since & quite a little frosty. night before last the thermometer stood 21 deg above zero which is colder than you have had it all winter. Sarah & I are very sensitive to the cold it is such a change. it has been nice warm weather here for about a month before we came home. We celebrated our Dear little Wandas birth day yesterday & had a very pleasant time, we all wish the little dear very many happy birth days. May our Heavenly Father long spare & bless her & make her a rich blessing to you all. Give my love to your dear Mother & Father. I thank them for their great kindness. When I think of you both
1883 Mar 28
Original letter dimensions: 40.5 x 12.5 cm.
Reid, Margaret Muir, "Letter from Maggie [Margaret Muir Reid] to John Muir & Louie [Strentzel Muir], 1883 Mar 28." (1883). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 748.
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