[Annie Kennedy] Bidwell
[stamped: Bidwell Papers Bancroft Library] 1419 Taylor St S. F. Feb 13th 1878Dear Mr Bidwell, Your letter of the 9th [ alt?] is received. I see by Sallies note that our estimate of Prof G’[illegible] was a pretty correct one, But I will not make any further use of Gray’s exposure of him. For however peruicious & deplorable the effects of unfaithful teaching, it is best opposed & controverted by a patient presentation of the truth, rather than by pursuing & giving battle to individual [ humbeys?]. Life is too short to waste in hunting such poor game, the boundaries of the humbey field are being steadily contracted by increase of [underlined: Light], & lovers of truth have nothing to fear. Your sister sent me a birch bark canoe through the post office. She calls it Jumper No 3. it came laden with flowers & altogether forms one of the daintiest conceits you ever saw. Here is a photograph from a negative taken a year ago. Watkins made me sit for another negative, & I will send you a copy from it in a week or two. I am going to see Tahoe & its snowy shows this week. I want a run on snowshoes & a bath in the Keen chaste beauty of that fountain water. Will probably go up Saturday & stay a week or ten days. What do you think of that? With warm regards to the General I am ever cordially yrs John Muir.
1419 Taylor St., S[an] F[rancisco]
1878 Feb 13
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