Louie [Strentzel Muir]


John Muir


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[2]air and clear ways among the mysteries of that icy wilderness. That would be glorious! May the good Father grant it, and keep you always in his own loving care, and lead you through all the shadows. Very little was said in the papers here about the collision with the steamer Queen, leaving Port Townsend, but the shock in the darkness at midnight must have been terrible. It makes me shiver yet to think of it, and of how the wind must have cried and moaned through that storm on the northern waters. Even down here we thought winter might be coming again for June, the wind beat so against this house on the hill.01443[3]and we kept fires burning all the week. Helen and I were sick for several days, but Wanda thrives exceedingly under her grandmother's care, and in return helps her very much. Grandpa looks better and baby coaxes him to eat good dinners, but he still seems feeble. I wish you could see little Helen writing a letter to you, all the earnest care she showed in writing those lines and folding in the little flowers. She kept asking if I thought you would understand such marks, and saying that I must teach her right away to make all the letters so she could "send a good really letter to dear Papa far in Alaska on the cold glacier"!


Martinez, California

Date Original

1890 Jun 25


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0541

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Page 2


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