Mary M[errill] Graydon
288 [Central?] Ave.
April 24th, ’93.
My dear Mr Muir –
Mr Riley was here a week ago to get your address – [&?] I [supposed hes?] “returned thanks” for his book – [illegible] he “[illegible] more than [any?] things he has in his home”. Among his treasures, are his [war?] [illegible]. & some things he [illegible] from Washington City. I think of you on your birthday – which was also Merrills — Kate’s last letter tells you are going to Europe - & I write to remind you of your promise – that you
[would?] never come to Chicago – without coming to Indianapolis – so within the next two weeks, we will look for you. it is an awful trip across the continent & you must stop & rest here a week. Your last visit served as an inspiration, lifting me above the cares, & strifes & worries of life. so much for [illegible], congenial-society, & good [illegible]. Come agin, & I’ll see you have a breakfast [illegible] luncheon with [Dr?] C[illegible]. Your last visit [must — find?] your friends here [illegible].
Janets health is [illegible] excellent. but her memory is gone. still her Mother hopes against hope. We at 288 are well. but Mrs Moores & [Sister?] Kate are mighty feeble. & if you do not see them this summer, you may not see them again. & Miss E[illegible] is no more [illegible] than they — I think she resented my having the prettiest picture of the children. Do you remember you promised me a picture of yourself? Well you did. & it never came. so bring it with you — Kate seems happy - & we are longing for her home coming –
Well we will look for you – the first week in May – if you stop in Chicago – drop us a card – so we can get a good [ready?] – but you will be welcome if you open the door & walk in on us. Come & tell us – what takes you to Europe, & how long you will be gone &c, &c. With love to the beloved children. & hoping to see you soon – I am yours truly
Mary M. Graydon.
1893 Apr 24
Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14 cm.
Graydon, Mary Merrill, "Letter from Mary M[errill] Graydon to John Muir, 1893 Apr 24." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 895.
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