John Muir


[Strentzel Family]


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[in margin: 417] 00856 [1] Alhambra, June 27, 1879.Dear John After coming home I grew more and more uneasy concerning your Herbarium, until at last it seemed to me that there could be no safety for it except under my care. Before, I thought only of the danger from a fire here, but we have always been cautious and have never left the house alone during dry weather. At Mr. Upham’s they could not be expected to leave their own treasures to rescue just a lot of old papers and dried plants; while with me, well, you know only too well how precious in my [4] [27 June. 1879]Express to Seattle, the box of promise, and “hopes it will prove of much benefit to your party during the tramp of tribulation.” Yesterday’s Bulletin notice arrival of the Dakota at Victoria on Tuesday and at Seattle Wednesday, but no mention is made of stormy weather, although here in our sheltered valley a south-west wind blew furiously nearly all of Saturday. it was more severe than we have had for two or three years! and even papa looked grave when we spoke of storms at sea, so you may know we were thankful when the Bulletin that evening named only a “fine fresh breeze” There again! Dear John, do not be vexed with me even this time. One can not grow to be brave in an hour or a day, [in margin: 846]


On board the Zephyr between Steilicoom & Olympia

Date Original

1879 Jun 25


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 39 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 1094

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