Jeanne C. Carr


[Louisiana E.] Strentzel


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[2]to think of John as one specially beloved & cared for by the higher powers; now I know that he is. Since he may call you mother. He will never know how sweet a privilege that it while you remain with us; but when the “well done” shall be spoken to you he will feel it the one great blessedness that has come after many lonely years. A man quickly comes to think of his wife as another self, and this is many men’s excuse for negligence and [unattention?]; but men hold the mother thought, the mother relation in great reverence. I am grateful to you all that you have enclosed with your love one so precious to me. It seems a suitable mating — and rarely do two spirits so finely tuned strike the perfect chord. I shall be interested in every particular which any of you may care to report to me. I felt like writing Dr Strentzel that he should have telegraphed the advent of a son in the family, and that Mother was doing as well as could be expected. I hope you will be on your feet this[3]summer, and make your b[illegible] [illegible] you about a great deal. Let the young people take the laboring over, & you & the dear Doc — too rest and travel. We have had almost continual cold weather, and an excess of rain. But the succession of fruit flowers has made it delightful, nevertheless. Tell Muir that Calypso [Borealis?] is blooming exquisitely, and the [illegible] growing under an O[illegible] cedar in the grounds. My wee beech tree is full of tender leaves. maple & scarlet oak showing their colors. I have more than a hundred species of Eastern f[illegible] trees, most of them quite small, but growing well. Tell Louie that if I could bring her here to be bridally kissed and congratulated there should be no lack of favor in the performance. I commission John to [illegible] for me; he does not need to be told that I rejoice in his happiness. Above fame, and far stronger than my wish to see his genius acknowledged by his peers. I have desired for him the


Pasadena, [Calif.]

Date Original

[1880 May]


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 40 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0183

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Page 2


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