M[ary] L. Swett


John Muir


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[4]not dare tell you such things — All your treasures are safe – just as you left them. Mary Frances did not get a situation here at the June vacation and went back to Olema but hopes to get in here before the rainy season. We miss you and regret you – I think you ought to feel proud of the place you have won in all our hearts – We have summered and wintered you and love you still. Familiarity has bred respect esteem and regard – It is a [in margin: 96] remarkable instance – It is usually the other way. When you come back I am prepared to talk you deaf about my summers experiences. I know I shall have a sympathetic listener – O Mt Shasta! O Castle Lake! – O glorious falls on the Sacramento! And O the hard-backed horses I have ridden, the streams I have [underlined: forded]!! the mountains I have climbed. Yours truly M. L. Swett.[in margin: Don’t you twib me with not knowing how to spell familiarity. I do know how you see.] [1][in margin: I was amused at your disclaimer of responsibility in regard to that last fearful exposure to thirst – O [underlined: do try] and keep out of such scrapes, or Mrs. Carr and I [underlined: will] scold. But you acted like a hero in the end.] [ L. T. ?] Sept. 12, 1878.Dear John Muir. It is about a week since we got your letter in which you gave us your address for the next fifteen days, so this may be too late to reach you – but perhaps it will follow you – so here goes at a venture. One of the most delightful summers of my life was the one just gone – and Lissons the nearest Paradise of any place I have yet seen. I am glad you have been there – it would be too discouraging to try to convey with the pen any adequate idea of the softness of the climate, the magnificence of the scenery, the exhilaration of the mountain air, the luxury


S[an] F[rancisco]

Date Original

1878 Sep 12


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0910

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