Dav[id Gilrye Muir]
many souls you number now. You have perhaps become a multitude but I hope, not more than a hundred. Sarah is not afraid of Novels & I would suggest "Zanita" for her, a book that you can buy in Boston wh I helped Mrs Yelverton now Countess Avonmore to write last summer in the valley. I am one of the characters & it contains a good deal of Yosemite scenery, for all of the babies who are big enough, & ripe enough to open their eyes, I would suggest books full of colored pictures Mary can choose for herself in Madison, & Maggie & John Reid & David Galloway & yourself & Katie & all the half grown-saplings Anna Joanna etc. can do the same in Portage or from some of the Eastern Catalogues. I do not say this to avoid the work of choosing for you all but because I am locked up & cannot, when spring opens I will send a volume to mother by mail. I do not like to load the Indian now I am more lonely this winter than ever. Mr Lamon, & Mrs Hutchings have both left the valley & there is not left one soul with whom I can exchange a thought. However I will be pretty busy & have a good many books & when I can wallow through the snow will climb about in the valley walls. John -
 Dec 1
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