00464If you were with me we would have fine times together at the fireside at night, for we would be by ourselves ---------------- It is raining tonight. It never snows here. A good many boys in California never saw snow except what is far away on the mountains. The grass is growing nicely, it began to sprout about a month ago & the ground is green ----- Crickets & grasshoppers can live all the year where I am, but they cannot jump quite so far in winter – The plains where I feed my sheep are all dappled in purple & brown & yellow There are lots of grizzly bears in the mountains. Once one came to my camp last spring & frightened me. Larks sing most every morning in California I wish you goodnight & a very happy New YearFrom your uncle John. I will be glad to see your when I come home
…two miles north of Snellings, Calif.
[1869 Jan 1]
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 13.5 cm.
Reel 02, Image 0021
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