C. Hart Merriam
sometime before spring we shall have the pleasure of welcoming at least a [illegible] [illegible] of the Muir family at 1919 - 16 St., I remain, with kindest regards to you all,a[illegible] yoursC. Hart MerriamJohn MuirMartinez, Calif.WashingtonJan. 7, 1902My dear Mr. Muir:Yesterday the expressman brought to the Department of Agriculture a great California Santa Claus load for the Merriam-Bailey tribe, with a strong smell of Martinez surrounding it like a glorious halo. But as neither of us drink our wine or eat our nuts & raisins at the Department, we had to curb our appetites until we could pack the sacks and [illegible] the 2 1/2 miles to our houses. Then there was great rejoicing in the land and the voices of festive Merriams of various ages and assorted sizes might have heard by the hungry multitude outside. It would do your dry house good to hear the children praise the Muir nuts & raisins. No one can ever value them behind that any others are half so good - and the old folks are inclined to agree with them.02927
1902 Jan 7
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