John Muir


[Annie Kennedy] Bidwell


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[2]stop wherever I chance to find myself in any place at all congenial. It seems strange to myself that I have not been back to Chico since my first delightful visit. I am sure I never left a place with more regret. - the vine-tangled creek – the noble oaks – the sunny flowery levels - & congenial friends. But you know as I told you I am pulled with ropes, driven with whips, & ridden with witches or guardian angels, so that I never can forecast my own movements. It is now more than ten years since I saw my mother & sisters. Hooker sent me a valuable book of geology, also two of his addresses before the Royal Society, of which for the last five years he was president. One of the pamphlets is on the dis= =tribution of the North American Flora, the other an address delivered at the [3]anniversary meeting of the Society, both very interesting. Have had letters lately from your sister & Gray. That was a very touching incident you relate on the occasion of your little friends visit to her mothers house. Joy & grief seems mysteriously blended in many lives. & the suffering that is in the world is hard to understand, whatever our knowledge of the ways of God may be, & however clearly & surely the wild flowers on the [ sea?] speak out his love.I have settled for the winter at 920 Valencia St. with my friend Mr Upham, of Payot Upham & Co., Booksellers – am comfortable but not very fruitful therefore reading more than writing.[on envelope: Mr John Muir. R. Feb. 17th 1879 copied by R. D. June – 1917.]


920 Valencia St. San Francisco, [Calif]

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1879 Feb 17


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