W[illiam] P. Gibbons


John Muir


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[4]to me. Again thanking you for your kind consideration & tendering a heartfelt invitation to yourself & wife to make us a visit whenever you may find it to be convenient. I am as everYours Very truly [illegible] Gibbons.01113Alameda Nov. 4th. 1883Dear JohnIf I have failed in a prompt acknowledgement of your beautiful & acceptable present, it has not been because of the absence of a proper appreciative feeling toward both giver & gift. I opened that box in the presence of my wife; I told her it contained grapes from your vineyard – the fruits of your own toil. But when the lid came off – the inertia of feeling seemed to start off like a streak of lightening, & we both exclaimed in the fullness of delight, over the richness & beauty of their grouping. The flavor was every thing that could be asked for; but this sunk into insignificance


Alameda, [Calif]

Date Original

1883 Nov 4


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 1124

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