Miss [Louie] Strentzel
00841 San Francisco, Apr 18th 1879.Dear Miss Strentzel I failed to see you on Tuesday night, the absurd old black horse having for once been on time. Everybody, according to the eternal unfitness of civilized things, has been seeking for me & calling on me while I was away. John Swett on his second failure to find me left word with Mr Upham that he was coming up to Martinez to see me some time during the summer vacation!! The other day I chanced to find in my pocket that slippery fuzzy mesh you wear round your neck. The ferry bouquet I gave to Ina Coolbrith. I meant to divide it with Mrs S. Williams, but failed to find the house on account of seeking it from a different direction than I was accustomed to. All [underlined: tranquil] & thankful in the Upham family. Finished Snow Banners yesterday. Now on Floods. Prof Phelps – Boo!!! aint they lovely!!! The bushel of bloom I mean. Just came this moment. Never was so blankly puzzled in making a guess before lifting the lid. An orchard in a band box!!! Who wad ha thocht it? A swarm of bees & fifty humming birds would have made the thing complete[in margin: I was just going to say when the Strentzel orchards came that Prof Phelps called yesterday & offered me a hundred dollars for a sketch of the flora of California for that Bancroft biography book, but discovering that I would be taking the job out of blessed old Areana Kelloggs hands, declined. Cordially yours John Muir.]
San Francisco, [Calif]
1879 Apr 18
Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 21.5 cm.
Reel 03, Image 1044
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