Annie K[ennedy] Bidwell
and felt greatly relieved and grati- fied to learn how pleasantly you were spending the days which we feared were proving anything but agreeable. General predicted you would “cut across the country to the Rail road” if disgusted with “Spoonbill”, & the slow traveling. Sallie’s fear was “Snags”, and mine, so many days sitting in the hot sun. There is no comparison between walking in the sun, & sitting in its glare for days, on the water, hence my anxiety. But all ended pleasantly, & we congratulate you, & [underlined: ourselves], that it did, since our miserable carpenter made the boat, and also because of our regard for Mr John Muir! Many thanks for your charming letter, which proved a real treat to us, from beginning to end, and made us ex- press the hope that the future would find us the recipients of others. We laughed and [underlined: cried] over the exploits of “Spoonbill”, and en- joyed the more instructive portions of the letter, equally, though not so merrily, of course. What a fine trip we did have in “The Sierras”! It is a constant pleasure to dwell on the scenes of grandeur & beauty there witnessed. Am glad you think pleasantly of our home, and dear Chico Creek, even if it has become so soiled by saw dust and mud. We shall hope to have the pleas- ure of shewing you Rancho Chico in winter. You have no idea of its00756
Rancho Chico, [Calif]
1877 Oct 13
Original letter dimensions: 18 x 22.5 cm.
Reel 03, Image 0607
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