[Annie] Wanda [Muir]
ought not to go about so much. It is ten o'clock at night here just now & the temperature is 90°. . & it was 98° at 3 o'clock & damp chokey & sultry. Still I stand it pretty well, as well as the New York people Everybody that can afford it has gone away I will soon be cool enough for next Saturday at noon I will sail for Liverpool on the Etruria. I thought of going on the Adriatic which sails tomorrow, but I found that I will get to Liverpool as soon on Etruria though she starts three days later. She sails so much faster. I dont know where Mr Keith is. He went away two weeks ago. Maybe I'll meet him in Scotland. John Burroughs is not going. So I'll be lonely as Paddy Grogan, though Mr Johnson has not allowed me to be lonesome here except about Helen. I'm glad you took in Elfie. That was sensible. I told you to do that long ago. I dont mean to go in dangerous places, & I'm going to hurry back as soon as I can. Here is a picture of Walden Pond016882  that I think is pretty good. & I think you should keep it. Beautiful trees & flowers grow there & the water is clear, & all the banks are shady & leafy Some day you & mama & Helen will go there. & see where Thoreau lived & Emerson So much greener & fresher & calmer than Martinez is, & so many good & great people lived there. The Elm trees in particular are large & graceful. But it must be pretty cold & dreary in winter time Be sure to tell Helen not to eat sour cherries. You must take good care of your little sister when I am away I have five letters of introduction to people in Europe & I suppose I will soon feel at home. The ship I am going to sail on is a very fine one. So you need not be afraid of storms. My! How hot it is, Both my coat & vest are off & yet the perspiration flowing as if I were made of snow.01688
1893 Jun 20
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.
Reel 07, Image 1116
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