Louie Wanda [Muir]


John Muir


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[4]Helen and Wanda are well and live out in the sunshine most of the time. Fannie Douglass is a good walker and stays with them and besides they have taken long walks along the hilltops with Eva Griffin and several Martinez girls. One Saturday eleven of them went over to see the great Laurel, and they have planned an excursion to the Briones Hills.Edith Blaisdell stays here about four days a week to help me as Blanche, wants to stay with her sister and sew as much as she can.There is plenty of water in the new well in [Kaap's?] lane, so the Supervisors bought a horsepower and set it up a short time before the rain came! but anyway it will be ready for next summer, and we will never again endure as we did the superlative miseries of dust.The fields are green with new grass, and the peach trees are very handsome in their autumn dress, [1]Martinez, CaliforniaOctober 10, 1898My beloved husband,We are all thankful to hear that you are so much better again and are able to enjoy those glorious views in your own good old way.You have written us so many beautiful letters on the way that the children and I feel we have had a share in all your delightful journeys among those fine trees and flowers of the eastern woods. Just now we can realize the look of fresh green trees and vines since our own have been02482[5]but I fear this drouth-stricken country will seem very dreary to you after the luxurian freshness and the glowing colors of those eastern mountain ranges.Sometime I hope we can all go together through those charming woods when the rhododendrons are in bloom. I want to see the magnolias in their new home, and oh, those lovely little pink heathwort bells, how delicious they must be!I suppose you will go up along the Hudson with Mr. Johnson and hope you will see something of the Adirondacks in their autumn glory. If so, do not forget to give my blessing to all the clear beautiful lakes and streams you meet and send me some filmy fern fronds.02482


Martinez [Calif.]

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