Emily [O. Pelton]
ans Jan 1419 Taylor St. S F. 9th or so. Dec 30th 77 [circled: ‘77]My dear runaway sister Emily.I have just chanced to learn your return to the Yaba hills through McChesney. Since you left here on your visit to the old East you have not sent me a single word, at least I have not received one from you. What has your poor mountaineer brother done to deserve such blank desertion. come now. What is my short coming or over coming that you leave me thus silently to the bears, & snow-storms, & wild sheep? What kind of sisterness is this? Ive been near drowning in the Sacramento, & freezing in the Kings River Canon, & only a month ago scrambled three days without food among the dizz cliffs & white waters of the High Sierra but never a word from your Kind heart ….. Well Ill say no more until you break silence. I would have written to Mrs Knox for information but I did not care to let her know how [ naughty?] you had been & on going East your did not give me any address. I have spent last summer in regular course like all the rest, traveling the solitudes in search of wild truth. Have been at Shasta, Fall River, Feather River, Yosemite, Los Angeles, Santa Cruz etc
1419 Taylor St. S[an] F[rancisco]
1877 Dec 30
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