Ann Gilrye Muir


Mother [Ann Gilrye Muir]


John Muir



David Muir is very kind always gets my wood for me, and assists me in more ways than I can tell of I hope you will not think of me as lonesome, as I daily feel that I am loaded with benefits and blessings far beyond what I deserve And now dear John ever consider that my best wishes are with you and your dear wife and daughter

Affectionately Mother



Box 356

Portage Dec 4th 1883

Dear John

I gladly received your letter of Oct telling us of the welfare of yourself and family – I can think of the pleasure and happiness you have in your dear little daughter – and sincerely hope that she will be spared as a comfort to all concerned – What a very busy –time you must have all the year round – but I hope you are now enjoying a leisure time [deleted: now] A few days ago I received a copy of the Book on the “Corwins” trip to the “Arctic Regions” it is very interesting I thank you for it very much –

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-After reading it I carried it to David so that he and Katie might read it neither of them have been very well but are now about as well as usual Annie is still in Nebraska and still an invalid – about a year ago she took cold and has been sick less or more ever since – she writes to me once a week and her last report was more favorable – she is much pleased with your kind offer but I am afraid she is unable to accept of it at present – last spring she wished very much that she could go to Cala. but could not see her way clearly at that time –


A letter from Joanna tell me of her good health she says she often looks back on the years of sickness she had and feels very thankful for the health she now enjoys – and she says her father seems more satisfied then he used to be and her baby is a treasure – For the first time in my life I am quite alone – Celia G – goes to school in Portage and is with me over night – I try to keep myself very busy at home and I go out a good deal I enjoy a long walk on green hills or in woods when the weather is fine we have no snow and the roads are good now


Portage, [Wis]

Date Original

1883 Dec 4


Original letter dimensions: 15 x 29 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 1154

Collection Identifier

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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