Dear Uncle John I thank you for the nice letter you sent me, and as Mother and Aunt Mary are writing I will send a few lines along too. The little fern arrived safely without being crushed or broken. I think it is very pretty. We had a nice school this last winter. Duncan Reid was our teacher. I study Reading Spelling Arithmetic Geography and Grammer. I never studied Grammer before but I like to very well. I began to write compositions last winter. I wrote two the subjects were Water and Trees. School will commence two weeks from today and I am glad because I like to go to school. I will gather the flowers that you spoke of and send as soon as I can. I should not like to be in your place because I should be so afraid of the Grizzly Bears. I should like lambs well enough but not sprawling all over the floor. Pa told me to tell you that it would be a great favor if you instead of sending a letter would send some of that nice weather for now there is lots of snow on the ground. I think you must have had a good time wandering among the rocks and mountains of California & wouldn’t care if I had been with you part of the time. Celia is growing a big girl, she is three and a half years old she knows all her letters and can spell some of the little words. I hope you will write me again before a great while.From your affectionate niece, Anna G. Galloway Chound Hill, April 4th, /69John Muir My dear brother It is but a short time since I wrote to you but feel that a letter every week for the next three months would scarely atone for my ong silence. Just think, untill about two months ago, I had not written even one letter, and worse than all I have not received a single letter from you, since you last left home. But trusting it was done, alone, through neglect I will think of it no more, but hope to receive ere long, a good long letter and will promise to send you, more in future.00469
Mound Hill, [Wisc?]
1869 Apr 4
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Reel 02, Image 0065
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