Janet [Douglass Moores]
I also promised a year a go to write two articles on Alaska for the same magazine .but I have a thousand things to think about in caring for these two ranches & have but little time for such work, while writing to me is very hard, for I have no facility in composition & no available vocabulary - only - only invention & imagination. But why should you care to hear this. The weather has been very hot for a week l05[illegible?] to 110[illegible?] & my head swims until horticulture and literature are mixed into rubbish & only ice& Alaska seem clear and significant. We are all living, or rather melting, together at the Strentzel home now,while my sister Maggie and family & Ed Coe & his friend Arthur Coleman keep the old house. Ed is doing well & growing every way & I hope he will stay with me forever -a terrestial forever.None of your Indiana birds have yet alighted here on their western flight, but I still hope to see them. Surely they will not be so idiotic as to wait for a sealed and solemn invitation. I must, however, send a note to Katey Graydon for she's so bashful. We are all well, & some of us venerable, looking like old trees or white mountain tops, etc. -I saw your friend Emily O. Pelton a week ago. She is very literary& industrious and thin. I had a letter from our good old friend Prof. Butler the other day written at Paris. He is evidently well, merry & oddly speculative as ever, racing round the globe for fun, money, wisdom & exercise. Now I must quit this & go to my dismal solemn composition. Remember me to your mother & Aunts Kate & Mina & to the fine man-boys& Sue Ketcham warmly & naturally as though I had been gone from Indiana but a day (for?) I am always your friend, John Muir
1891 Jul 2
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Reel 07, Image 0199
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