Katie M. Graydon
Elm Knoll, Aug 20th, '72 [Tuesday?] Aft. -[in margin: A friend of Papa's a Mr Connely, has just come home from the Yosemite. We asked him all about you, he said he thought he saw you but was not quite sure whether he did or not. Did you see him. I expect if you did you did not know who he was.]Dear Mr. Muir, I received your letter last Wednesday, and was very glad to get it. The flowers were as pretty as they could be and made the letter smell so sweetly. I thought the larger blue flower smelt a good deal like penny royal. I wish you and Merrill were here to help us enjoy our peaches and grapes. We have had a great deal of fruit this summer, -[in margin: I wish you would write often, and send me flowers, because I dearly love them & I am going to study Botany this year. Papa & Mamma send their love to you, & Merrill. I wish you would stir Merrill up & make him write, and you write soon again. Katie M. Graydon]this vacation, and I do not have any time to read while I go to school. Do you remember that day you were out at our house and we went over in the woods to get flowers and ferns? Well the woods have been sold and out up in to lots, and a very handsome Orphan Asylum has been built. A great many of those beautiful trees have been cut down too. I saw a piece of yours in the Scribner not very long ago.[in margin: 906]
Elm Knoll, [Ind?]
1872 Aug 20
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 22.5 cm.
Reel 02, Image 0877
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