John Muir


Emily [O. Pelton]


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Had a good time with Gray & Sir Joseph Hooker. Spent a week at Chico with Gen’ Bidwell, sailed alone in a wee [ skift?] 200 miles on the Sacramento 250 on the San Joaquin, & 120 on Lake Tahoe. I have just returned to my old quarters to peg away the winter with my pen. And you have no doubt had a fine visit rambling about your old home, & now you are here to teach. I wish you a Happy New Year Emily notwithstanding your strange unsisterly sin of blank silence. I asked McChesney what chance there was for a position in the Oakland schools & he said it would require a long pull to gain one, & that you would require to be here to make the acquaint- ance of the directors. Some teachers “labor & wait” more than a year for a comparatively poor place, & poor pay. Could’nt you get the position once offered you in the Chico Academy, that would be satisfactory I should think & I could introduce you to the Bidwells if you do not already know them. When ever I can be made available in anyway in the furtherance of your interests be kind enough to let me know & I will forgive your long mysterious naughtiness. Remember me to the friends I met with you in your Yuba hills: & believe me ever your faithful brother John Muir


1419 Taylor St. S[an] F[rancisco]

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1877 Dec 30


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