Wife [Louie Strentzel Muir]
Port Townsend, Wash., Aug. 22, 1897.My dear wife:I was very glad to receive your letter and clippings which were handed me a few minutes ago on the Queen. We are not to leave here until ten o'clock tonight so much freight has to he got on board. So I feel sure I will get a last word from you in reply to my telegram sent last evening. I'm sorry Grandma continues so weak. Of course you will all try to cheer her up. It must be very hard to lie so long helpless and all the time looking death in the face. I'm glad, too, to learn that Helen's attack of whooping cough was light, and that Maggie is better. It has been very hot hereabouts and I feared you would all be suffering.Who should step up to me on the wharf when the Queen came in but Alfonso, grinning like a ghoul. And who should be the first to shout my name from the ship? Young! He is on his way to Klondyke to preach. There is a great crowd on the ship but we managed to get berths and had I known long enough beforehand could have got one for Mary.I'm getting better of my cold and hope to be free of it ere I reach the glaciers.Ever yours,John Muir02334
Port Townsend, Wash.
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.
Reel 09, Image 1054