2[letterhead] Victoria, B.C. ………………………………….18 …………….silver firs with here & there a few with its red berries & dark foliage, & a Maple or two, then the tall firs & spruces forming the forest primeval. We came to a good many fields of grain but all of them small as compared with the number of the houses. The oats & barely is just about ripe. We saw little orchards too a good many [pears?] little red brown fellows, six hatfuls per tree, & the queerest little sprinkling of little red & yellow cherries just beginning to ripen. Many of the cottage homes about town are as lovely as cottage may be, embo[illegible]d in honeysuckle & green gardens & lots of lawn & orchard & grand oaks with lovely outlooks, The day has been delightful how you would have enjoyed it all three of you. Our baggage is already aboard & hour [draws?] nigh I must go, I shall write you again from [Nanaimo?]. Goodbye again my love Keep a strong heart & speedily will fly the hours that bring me back to thee Love to Mother & father Farewell, Ever your affectionate husband John Muir00940
Victoria, B. C.
1880 Aug 3
Original letter dimensions: 27 x 20.5 cm.
Reel 04, Image 0269
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