Louie [Strentzel] Muir


John Muir


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[2]when he will teach her the wonderful story of Nature’s work on the mountains, and in the valleys, and under the seas. Wanda is already wonderfully quick of sight and of hearing. We keep her in the sunlight a great deal, and sometimes she laughs to hear the birds, and croons over the flowers, and watches the branches waving in the wind! And she tries so hard to talk!! though there is no need while her eyes speak so well. Besides a’ that, before very long there are going to be “two precious new teeth!” for the tender little gums have been troubling her for over a month, and often make her very restless with the pain. We fear that they will all be very hard in coming through, but in other ways she is so healthy and active, full-chested, strong and[3]lithe of limb, and carries her head so finely poised, that there seems to be nothing to fear except from accident or carelessness, - and she looks too as if she will climb over Shasta and snowy heights of wild Yosemites with papa John Muir before many bright summers have gone by! Father, do you remember that this is our four month-birthday? A hundred and twenty two days since that fairest bloom-time when our own wee birdling first nestled on my breast and brought with her the perpetiual bloom and song of spring to abide in our hearts. She sleeps now like the forest birds, from twilight till dawn, and the morning sunbeams seem not more bright to us than her glad, waking smile.01023


[Martinez, Calif]

Date Original

1881 Jul 25


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0680

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Page 2


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