John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]



Portage, Wisconsin

June 28 1896.

Dear Louie.

On Friday at noon we laid our blessed mothers remains in the kind ground. In the coffin she seemed to be in calm sleep beautiful as an as an angel. The day was lovely & all the last sad rites could not have been concluded under better auspices All that was wanting was the presence of Marjorie & David which circumstances prevented.

Joanna Sarah & Annie



are all but broken down with watching & anxiety especially Sarah.
Mother seemed to suffer scarce at all. Natural weary sleep gradually deepened into the sleep of death. She was conscious & spoke clearly to within an hour of the last. She greatly enjoyed & was comforted by my weeks visit at her bedside. We talked over all the old days & the coming changes & I am glad I was brought to her in her hour of need of loneliness. When I arrived with Mary Sarah said "God has sent you." Dan arrived the last day & his coming completed her joy. Just before the last sleep she saw her husband & threw up her arms as if to embrace him & said joyfully

[in margin: I feel dull & benumbed, otherwise well]


Its Dawn (father) now I see you all. Its all right. Its all well. None of us expected the end so soon. The second last telegram to me at New York was "Mother is about the same."
Mothers will gives all she had the house & lot furnished etc. & about a thousand dollars worth of notes to Anne. Sarah has nothing but the $10 per month I got John Reid to send her. I think we might offer her a home with Maggie or ourselves though she might not be able to leave her children.
I hope to join the Forestry Comm. at Chicago, July 3d Love to you & my babes & Grandma Do go over & comfort Maggie

Ever your husband

John Muir


Portage, Wisconsin

Date Original

1896 Jun 28


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 09, Image 0262

Collection Identifier

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

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