Katie M. Graydon


John Muir


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Elm Knoll, Aug. 20th, '72.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 pennyroyal. 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, strawberries, currants, gooseberries, raspberries, blackberries, apples, pears, peaches, grapes, and melons, besides our vegetables. We have a splendid orchard. It is young, but it is bearing a good deal this summer.I think you would not know it out by our house now at all. We are nearly in the city limits, and it has grown very rapidly. We expect Aunt Kate and Janet home next week, or the week after. Aunt Julia and Charles stay until October. School begins in about two weeks. I am going to the High School, and not the University, where Janet will go. I am so sorry not to be with Janet, but it is so far from our house that I never could get there in time in the mornings, unless I would stay with Aunt Kate. I have been away from home so much in winter that I want to try and stay at home this winter. I have just finished "Dombey and Son." Have you ever read it? I liked it very much. I am reading "Rob Roy" now I have not read near as much this vacation as I wanted to. I thought I would read "Bancroft's History of the United States," but it is so long and I did not get started in time to finish it, 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 cut up into lots, and a very handsome Orphan Asylum has been built. A great many of those beautiful trees have been out down too.I saw a piece of yours in the Scribner's not very long ago. I wish you would write often, and send me flowers, because I dearly love them, and I am going to study Botany this year. Papa and Mama send their love to you, and Merrill. I wish you would stir Merrill up and make him write, and you write soon again.Katie M. Graydon.[Folder marked "Katie Graydon's first letter, and one 8 yrs. later 1872 & 1880"]906


Elm Knoll, [Ind?]

Date Original

1872 Aug 20


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 22.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0881

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