[John Muir]


Sarah & David Galloway


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[2]matter what must wait. Your penchant Sarah for odd relics is curiously active when you mementoize that plant pouch I sent you. Mrs Yelverstons book I have not yet seen A friend (Mrs Carr) sent me a copy but it failed to reach hither. I saw some of the manuscript & have some idea of it. She had a little help from me, to use of my notebook etc some of wh I suppose she may have worked into her descriptions. The Naunton family is the Hutching family. The name Zanita is a fragment of the word Manzanita the Spanish name of a very remarkable California shrub "Zanita" is Floy Hutchings a smart & handsome & mischievous topsy that can scarce be over drawn, but she is not truthful & I never much liked her. She is about seven or eight yrs old Her sister Cosa as we call cher ( I HaveI am sorry about the selling of Hickory hill. In my opinion it was a diseased act, but father is a comet whose course Heaven only knows [3]forgotten what Mrs Yel' calls her) is more beautiful far in body & mind a very precious darling of a child Mrs Naunton or Hutch' was always kind to me but Mr Naunton is a very different character in reality. Whatever Mrs Yel' made of him. As for Kenmuir I don't think she knew enough of wild Nature to pen him well, but I have often worn shirts sailed ragged & buttonless but with a spray like what I sent you stuck some- where or a carex or chance flower it is about all the vanity I persist- ently indulge in at least in bodily adornments. I have had to wash shirts & sew buttons etc since I came to Cal It is terribly irksome to me, as for socks I have at this minute seven or seven and a half pairs all out at toes to a terrible extent & at heels also


New Sentinel Hotel Yo Semite Valley

Date Original

1872 Apr 25


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0795

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Page 2


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