morning & will probably get away the Captin tells me about eleven oclock & then no halt until we reach Wrangle, which is distant from here about 60 hours. I hardly know my lassie what Ive been writing nothing I fear but very small odds & ends & yet there may at least keep you from wearying for an hour & the letters poor though they be shall yet tell my love & that will redeem them I mail this here, the other two were mailed in Victoria. My next from Wrangle. Heaven bless you my love& mother & father I trust that you are caring for yourself & as all by keeping cheery & strong & avoiding the bad practice of the stair-dance. Once more my love farewell. I must close in haste Farewell — Ever your affectionate husband John Muir.
Departure Bay, A few miles from Nanaimo
1880 Aug 5
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Reel 04, Image 0277
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