Joanna [Muir Brown]


[John Muir & Louie Strentzel Muir]


Kansas City, Mo.,

Nov. 16, 1863.

Dear brother and sister:

How long it is since we heard anything from you, firect. I am becoming hungry for tidings of you, and how I would like to see that little girl with the pretty curls and sweet face.
I came across an old letter the other day of yours, John, written to me while I was sick in Racine, describing some of the winter scenes in the mountains, and the richness of your life in the enjoyment of pure nature, and as I read and reread it, I was stirred with my old longing to see and see and see for myself, I wonder if my eyes will ever be satisfied. Do you find time now to write for publication? Surely you will never give up your glorious work.
We are all well here. Father is very well, but quite weak. He spends most of his time lying down reading and thinking. He looks as fleshy abd healthy as ten years ago, and seems happy and contented all of the time now. He takes a great deal of pleasure in Ethel, and never gets weary of watching her little performances and listening to her baby talk. She is a year old now, a happy, round faced little Scotch girl, and is truly a little "love light" for us all, a little of Heaven's sunshine to help us over the rough places and dark places.I believe these little ones do far more for us than we can possibly do for them, although it is usually reckoned the other way.
I suppose you will have heard of sister Annie's sickness. She is at Crete at present for change of climate and to consult Dan. I write to him asking him about her, and in reply he said that her case was quite serious, as she had a hepatized lung besides a throat difficulty, but he thought if all went favorably he could clear that up in a few months. I sincerely hope that he can help her. She thinks she will come and spend a few months with us for a change.
Sarah wrote me not long ago that Mother was well, but was becoming quite deaf, which annoyed her very much.I think mother holds her grounds wonderfully with old age. We could hardly have hoped that she would have been so strong and well at seventy, but I wish she was with some of us now.
I will close, wishing you all many good wishes, a happy new year included, and hoping to hear from you soon,


Joanna [Muir Brown]


Kansas City, Mo.

Date Original

1883 Nov 16


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 1140

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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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