Ann Gilrye Muir


[Ann G.Muir]


Dan[iel H. Muir]



- Emma can get some thing suitable that will give them pleasure at Christmas. I also send my best wishes to each of them, and would be pleased if any of them could write to me I shall hope that Emma will be able to write soon I had a very pleasant visit with W. Reid he seemed pleased very much with Neb. and his visit there – and now I shall wish you all a “Merry Christmas” and a very Happy New Year

Affectionately Mother

[P-O?] Box 356


Portage 17th Dec. 1883

Dear Danl

Your very kind and interesting letter of Oct 14th was duly received – It gives me much pleasure to know of your restored health – and of the good health of all the family and also that you have a tolerably fair practice and you have a pleasant home How very much we have to be thankful for – every day of our lives – how many blessings we enjoy even if they are mixed with some trials – Annie’s health is a cause of much anxiety to me lately – I often think

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- if she had gone west instead of north last Spring it would have been better for her – as she came home from the north much worse than when she away Mary has had a sore trial on account of Whelers illness – although he is now nearly well Neither David nor Katie has been very well lately, Katie has been sick for a week, but is now getting well – and David continues going to the store if he is able to stand [it?] – Celia G. is in Portage and goes to school and is generally with me over night How many changes time brings to us – in looking –


- back to the time you wrote about – when there were ten of us besides hired help every day and now here I sit alone but I am not lonesome – I seem to be surrounded with every blessing and many comforts – much more than I could have expected or deserved David is very kind and is always ready to assist me in more ways than I can tell of – besides one visit every week I was sorry after Annie left home that I had not sent some present to the children – so I now inclose this small bill\ so you or


Portage, Wisc.

Date Original

1883 Dec 17


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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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