David [Gilrye Muir]
& that I value my time at too cheap a rate Well [illegible], I have not time to make a long defense – the winter storms of the Sierra are not easily borne but I am betwitched-enchanted & must go. As to your proposition in regard to my writing for your paper I have not time I wrote a description of Twenty hill hollow which I would send you but I have forgotten where I laid it. I must [also decline?] on the same grounds the offer of [general?] cor- respondence with your [farming?] mill friend on California as a place for [illegible] [illegible] from the other states. I will be happy how- ever to answer any particular enquiries that he may send, to the best of my knowledge San Fran papers may easily be procured & in them he will find much of the kind of knowledge he is in [illegible] of. I will make this one statementthat the people of the Atlantic states generally overestimate the ag- ricultural advantages of California. You see that I have put off my adieu to the golden state. I will not leave the Pacific Coast for five or sid months more – I will receive any letters addressed either to Snellings or Hopeton. In shifting from one pursuit to another I make my home either here or at Thos’ Eaglesons. Tell mother & the girls where I have gone Remember me to your wife & little ones Farewell
…near La Grange, Stanislaus Co.,Cala
1869 Nov 15
Original letter dimensions: 23.5 x 36 cm.
Reel 02, Image 0185
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