Louie [Strentzel] Muir


[John Muir]


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[4]been hard and unreasonable if you could have seen his patience and gentleness when baby fretted and moaned continually those weary days after you were gone. Sunday morning Wanda received the homage of her distinguished countryman the Count Lamoyski, and she listened with clear, starry eyes to the legend of her royal namesake who loved purely, and suffered, twelve centuries ago – and when Lamoyski kissed her hand, and hoped some future time to welcome her in Poland, she smiled with the serene dignity and graciousness of a princess, then closed her eyes in peaceful sleep as Captain Bielawski gave her the old [Sclavonic?] blessing of Joy and Life Forever. The young Count belongs to a princely house of Poland, is modest gentle-mannered, and thoughtful – is a Commissioner from the French Government01009[1]Martinez, California, June 7, 1881.My beloved husband:Baby and I are here, searching for you through the darkness. Reach out your hands and lead us with you all the way, for the shadows bewilder our eyes, and our hearts are sore with longing. Our precious wee bairnie, has she indeed found you! She has started up from sleep, looking far beyond me, her beautiful eyes aglow with smiles, and her rose bud mouth cooing and quivering as if trying to say, O father, father! Ah me, if only I also can soon hear a blessed message, and out from the silence, the old words “Safe and well,” I shall once more


Martinez, California

Date Original

1881 Jun 7


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0588

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