A. H. Sellers


John Muir


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East Pasadena, Cal.,Jan. 18, 1895,My dear Mr. Muir:We were delighted to receive your letter of the 16th inst., for I assure you we have felt quite lonesome since you left us. Instead of "nearing Los Angeles in the rain" as you supposed, we were welcomed by the bright sunshine and that soft fragrant air which is peculiar to this country after rains and when the beautiful hills are clothing themselves in their soft mantles of green. And such green! Well I only wish you were here to enjoy it with me. I find vegetation much farther advanced than I had expected and much in advance of Central California. Flowers are not very plentiful but every bush and vine is loaded with buds.Yesterday was a delightful day which we spent riding around calling upon a few of our friends, but we are making up for it to-day by sitting in the house and watching the steady downpour, our only compensation being in the anticipation of what we will see when this beautiful valley is flooded with golden sunshine.It was well we did not attempt to go out with you Tuesday morning, as Fay had a severe headache all day. She is better now and joins me in kindest regards to you and yours.Your friend,A. H. SellersWe noticed the "Examiner" article "Muir on Caminetti's bill," and am sorry they did not give you the opportunity they promised of smoothing it up, but considering it as your first dictation I think it reads pretty well.


East Pasadena, Cal

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Original letter dimensions: 24 x 15.5 cm.

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