you could bring her with you, and three or four or five sisters; indeed, just tell them that I think California is a good country for every one of the Muirs to move to. Wanda says, “Tell papa not to forget to bring Auntie Maggie and her littlest girl, and Auntie Tadie and her little Gracie all to stay and live with baby.” The child is really oppressed with the loneliness of this great empty house, and the desolation about the old home; but her eyes are shining now with the thought of “two sweet little girls to play every day with baby.” Is there any prospect of Willis and Mary Hand moving over here? If they are undecided do try to bring Mary with Annie for an artists’ visit, at least.But if you fail in persuading any of the family to come with you, just take the Crete highway and carry off Auntie Margaret Reid, willing or not, I think she and I might be able to help each other this winter, with a good strong Scotch nurse to help us both — and we know a California winter is better for her than any icy howling Nebraska storms. Wanda has just come up the stairs for the third time to remind “Papa to bring some bonnie water-lilies for baby”. I want some moss and ferns from your first old home, dear, and if you can find them, a few bulbs of the dainty purple Anemone I have been looking at a map of Wisconsin, and I feel absolutely cross thinking about the unequalvisit to Lake Tahoe, but I fear it would not be safe. The child, longs and frets so for a sight of cool flowing rivers and bonny waterfalls, that we must try somehow this fall to satisfy her We ride with Grandpa to the home-ranch about every other day. Mr. Carter was there last week shipping pears, took 257 bxs. and will come next week for Vicars & Winter Nelises. Mr. Earl has agreed to come and ship our Muscat & Tokay grapes as soon as ripe. Denis seems to be doing well enough. Wanda is well and bright, and Grandma improves a little each day. Write us long letters from Portage and Crete. Good-bye. Louie Muir.
1885 Aug 31
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