Sarah [Muir Galloway]
& we had what is called a grand time but these big eating parties never seem to me to pay for the trouble they make though all seem to enjoy them immensely – A crust by a brook side out on the mountains with God is more to me than all beyond comparison- Nevertheless these poor legs in their weariness do enjoy a soft bed at times & plenty of nourishment. I had another grand turkey feast a week ago Coming home here I left my boat at Martinez 30 miles up the bay & walked to Oakland across the top of Mt Diablo, & on the way called at my friends the Strentzels who have eighty acres of choice orchards & vineyards – where I rested two days, my first rest in six weeks, they pitted my weary looks, & made me eat, & sleep – stuffing me with turkey, chicken, beef, fruits, & jellies, in the most extravagant manner imaginable & begged me to stay a month. Last eve dined at a French friends in the city & you would have been surprised to see so temp- =erate a Scotchman doing such justice to French dishes – The fact is I’ve been hungry ever since starving in the Mtn Canons. This evening the gents would ask me how I felt while starving? Why I did not die like other people How many bears I had seen - & deer etc How deep the snow is now & where the snow line is located etc. Then up stairs we chat & sing & play piano etc & then I slip of from the company & write this. Now it near midnight & I must slip from thee also wishing you & David & all your dear family goodnight with love
1419 Taylor St. [San Francisco, Calif]
[1877 Nov 29]
Original letter dimensions: 31 x 40 cm.
Reel 03, Image 0625