Louie [Strentzel] Muir


John Muir



Col. Sellers wrote a most cordial invitation for us all to visit them in Chicago urging us “to stay at least two weeks with them, so you must be sure to go. They inclose also a letter to Mr. & Mrs. Keith which I sent to you. They were in Europe since Christmas and had just returned. I shall write to Mrs. Sellers tomorrow. Francie is ready to go with the letters, so no more Love to Grandma Muir and the others.

Faithfully Yours,

Louie Muir

[in margin: 872]


Martinez California

May 19, 1893.

My beloved husband:

O John, how glad we were when the telephone rang out word of your safe arrival in Portland, Tuesday midnight the wind blew so wildly here that I dreaded to think what might be out on the stormy sea and the foaming breakers in the dark. I hope my message reached you in Portland, but it was late before yours’ came to Martinez this morning.


Little Helen is very well again but we are all needed to keep her interested and active all day so she will be sleepy when night comes, for then she misses you and her little face looks woefully solemn. She is writing you a letter and wanted to send you a whole handful of fragrant flowers for “sweet kisses”! Wanda is very well too, and is getting quieted down to study her lessons again, I was very unwell after you left and am still lame but I try to rest as much as possible through the day.



Margaret seems to be a little better this week, but we could not coax any of the family to move to move to this house, only Mr. Reid and Johnie offered to stay any night that we felt scared. Lou. Erwin seems homesick, I suppose she wanted to go to Chicago with Lacey, but her father wanted her to stay here. The Erwins started East Tuesday morning. Grandma enjoyed their visit very much, but is tired since coming home. She was greatly disappointed at not seeing you to say good-bye.


Martinez, California

Date Original

1893 May 19


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 23 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0964

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