John Muir


Louie [Wanda Muir]


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[Page 2] for San Francisco in an hour or two (it is now 9:45 a.m.) and will probably arrive there about the middle of August. The steamer St. Paul, belonging to the Alaska Com. Co. will sail for San Francisco in a week or two, touching at the Seal Islands and Unalaska, and will probably arrive in San Francisco about the 20th of August. I send two letters to you by her, and also six Bulletin letters which will give you a pretty complete account of our cruise thus far. I also sent five Bulletin letters by the Tom Pope with a number for. you and mother, which you may have received by this time. at We may, possibly, be home ere you receive any more. If not, think of me, dear, as happily at work with no other pain than the pain of separation from you and my wee lass. I have many times been weighing chances as to whether you have sent letters by the Mary-and-Helen, now called the "Rodgers", which was to sail about the middle of June She is a slow sailor, and has to go far out of her course by Petropavlovskii, the capital of Kamchatka for dogs, and will not be through the Strait before the end of the season nearly. Yet a letter by her is my only hope for hearing from you this season. How warm and bland the weather is here, 60° in the shade, and how fine a crop of grass and flowers is growing up along the shores and back on the spongy tundra. The Captain says I can have a few hours on shore this afternoon.I mean to go across the bay three miles to a part of the tundra I have not yet seen.I shall at least find a lot of new flowers and see some of the birds. Once more, goodbye. I send Anna's parka by the St. Paul.Give my love to Sam Williams. You must not forget him.


St. Michaels [Alaska]

Date Original

1881 Jul 9


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 14 cm.

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1881 July 9 JM to My dear wife

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MSS 301 Shone

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