Sarah M[uir] Galloway
Portage Wis. Nov- 4 /96
My dear Sister Emma
I have been thinking how lonely you must be, and am wondering if you are feeling better and how you are all getting on. I hope that your health is improved and that the family are well. I have not heard anything from brother Daniel for some time, he must be feeling terribly lonely too. Most people are hoping that under the new administration the country will see better times, I hope and pray that there may be a change in that direction. You will have fine schools in Hillsdale
I have know those who have attended there, is it a pretty place, and do you like living there? Well Emma you have your children all about you, and that is a great comfort. My girls have been away from home a great deal. I have not seen Grace for more than a year. she and Celia went to Valparaiso, to the Normal School there a year ago just in Sept. in the spring when they left there Celia came home and Grace got a position in Chicago as Stenographer. She has been fortunate in her position and also in having a good boarding place, she likes her work, too, and seems to be satisfied. she does not think
she will be able to get a vacation until the spring but I have a letter every week and write to her every week. Anna was here for a few days not long since she was as well as usual. the children too are growing finely. Celia has a position as Book-keeper and Stenographer in town, so I have one girl at home and am glad of it. I had a letter from Maggie yesterday she was not very well. Johnny is going to Crete to attend the College there, he will room at the same house with Jessie, he is to start after Christmas. Maggie is feeling lonely already, just think there will be only John and herself in the house, it is a good thing that Mary lives so near to her.
and can go in to see her so often, The grape crop has not done very well there she says, there has been too much rain and many of them have spoiled on the vines.
We are about usual here, but it seems lonely; Mother though so quiet in her ways filled a large place, that no other can fill but she has entered into rest, it is well with her.
I shall be very glad to receive a few lines from you when you feel like writing. I send love to every one of the household and to you Emma.
Sarah M. Galloway
1896 Nov 4
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Galloway, Sarah Muir, "Letter from Sarah M[uir] Galloway to Emma [Muir], 1896 Nov 4." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 858.
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