John Muir


Mary [Muir Hand]


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[2]Four of Daves friends arrived in our little valley a week ago & seem greatly delighted with the exchange of the snow & the blue toes blue nose frosts of fair Portage, for the balmy sunshine of California December & its fresh grass & flowers & lark song- I heard you had a severe attack of illness. its a tough world when so i[illegible]ent a body as you should suffer so Thank Heaven you are safely well again. Those boys must be men nearly unless stunted by those savage Kearney winds, & your lassie too she must be growing unless kept down by the wind[3]Tell Willis he had better come away to a better country I'm not joking, I really think he had better "come out of that" I had a good time in Europe & New York, but it seemed very hard work to travel in a civilized tourist way & I got very tired of it. In New York I saw most of the makers of our current literature & scientists. was taken to the clubs. & had enough & more of champagne dinners etc Went up the Hudson - to Boston - Cambridge Concord where I dined with Ralph Waldo Emersons sons- then went to Thoreau's Walden Pond etc. Went pretty thouroghly


Martinez, Calif.

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1893 Dec 19


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