Annie K[ennedy] Bidwell
Shasta! What a grand time we had. Billy is so fat that I question whether even you could fasten a saddle on him sufficiently securely for safety on those Mountain sides. He is looking very handsome, but eyes me suspi- ciously whenever I attempt to be very friendly with him. Sa[illegible] mule pet! With another mule, have done mount, ain service this summer. General drove them the last time he went to the Mts, & rode Pet, & pronounced her the tamest & easiest mule he had ever ridden. But I must say adew. This is for General and myself, and so these are no apologies needed for its length! Trusting that your return may be in safety, & your trip in every way a success, I remain Very Sincerely Your Friend Annie K. Bidwell Mr John Muir. To do is to thoroughly study botany, and General and I purpose doing so if we can carry out our plans. We had a letter recently from Prof. Gunning, from Waltham Mass. He said he intended visiting Dr Gray in a few days and talking up Chico and Shasta”. We have a lovely lawn this summer, [illegible] to our new water works being in operation. The fig tree is undis- turbed and I know you would enjoy a lounge under it. We have a few seats scattered over the lawn and pleanty of shade & beds of flowers, but the latter being cultivated flower can not hope for your favor. General was in San Fran- cisco but Sabbath on Monday, and your card stated you expected to leave the city on Friday, so we did not call. Otherwise we would have done so. General expressed regret afterward that he had not called at a venture. I attended a pleasant party at General McDowell’s, and a “lunch” at San 00810
Rancho Chico [Calif.]
1878 Sep 4
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 26 cm.
Reel 03, Image 0894
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