John Muir


[Annie] Wanda [Muir]


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2under your feet, as well as the birds & winds & streams & I had almost said pianos. I’m glad too that your cousin Lou is with you to take walks & talks & awful big drinks of wisdom. The iron industry is not very brisk or crisp here you may tell her, & neither hair or hay is very dry I suppose the may-dukes & peaches will soon be ripe & then you will all have a good time making & breaking those things you call “cobblers”. You may tell mama & grandma that I was at another champagne supper last night, & I have to go to another tonight, but my stomach seems happy & behaves like a gentleman through it all, though neither me nor my stomach knows the names or compositions of the dishes we encounter (bad grammar this last sentence see if you or Lou can correct it. I’m sure you could’nt correct the cooking.) By the way, tell grandma that I ate [Enlalia’s?] lunch the other day, the lunch of Princess [Enlalia?] The lunch in whose veins runs the blood of016793Royalty – Kings, Queens, Columbus, Spain, etc. Or a lunch like all this & that. This was a very notable lunch but I fear you don’t understand it, & no wonder for I don’t myself but though very mysterious, it was very delicious & no bad effects followed the eating of it & none I hope will follow your reading of it. The only part of it that frightened me was the big spider-like soft shelled crabs, & [illegible] or something of the sort required that every part of the monstrous marine insects should be eaten, claws, maws, spiny whiskers & all. So you see this royal lunch was a most formidable affair though very beautiful like a blue glacier c[illegible]asse. It was through Mr Johnson I got into it or rather it got into me. Judge Howland was also in it but neither he nor Johnson was afraid. I wrote a long letter to mama yesterday but forgot to tell her that when we were in Cambridge we went to Col. Higginirons home & after a long pleasant talk he took us to the homes of Lowell & Longfellow Both of them are just as they were when their famous owners were living in them & MR Higginson knew them


…New York

Date Original

1893 Jun 14


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.

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Reel 07, Image 1070

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