M[ary] L. Swett


John Muir


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[2]of the trout, venison and wild berries. On one walk we ate five kinds of wild berries – huckleberries, black cap raspberries wild black gooseberries, salmon berries (or thimble berries as [underlined: they] call them) and blackberries. Of the wild strawberries we had an abundance. I have seen nine pounds and a half on the table at once. Of huckleberries we had a feast – three times a day for two months. I have seen 42 gallons brought in at one time by those picturesque squaws. Helen does not need reminding to remember you — When we got home from Lissons Elisa took Helen in her lap and asked her if she was glad to be at home. “Yes – where is Mr. Muir?” and looked keenly and thoughtfully for a reply. [3]She says she wants to go to Lisson’s again but she wants to walk from the cars up to Lisson’s the stage jolts so. This morning she was pouring her tea into the saucer, and she said “this is the way Mr. Muir told me how to pour it” and was careful to keep the bottom of the cup over the saucer. As for the other girl she has Mr. Muir’s photograph in a frame on one end of her mantel and Mr. Lenger’s on the other. We laughed the other night when we saw a beautiful wreath of white convolvulus and a pink amaryllis twined around your portrait and a saucer of stewed plums standing like an oblation in front of Lenger’s. If you were twenty eight instead of (perhaps) thirty eight I should 00814


S[an] F[rancisco]

Date Original

1878 Sep 12


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0912

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