Al & Fay Sellers
[letterhead]Aug 24, 1905-Mr. John MuirMartinez CalOur very dear friend,We were greatly shocked on reading just now, the enclosed clipping and hasten to extend to you and your dear girls, our warmest sympathy in your affliction.We had heard nothing from you since your letter, written a few days before you started, with Helen, for Arizona, and have heard nothing about you since a letter from our mutual friend, Lummis, in June, saying "Muir has been here for a week . . . and has gone with his 2 girls to Palm Springs, and from there tackles the desert."Your poor dear motherless girls, my wife says her heart goes out to them more warmly and wishes greater sympathy because she has recently lost her own mother. The dear old lady died in June, and it seems impossible for my wife to become reconciled at all to her loss. I feel quite worried about her, and would liked greatly to have taken here a long way from home, but I know you had gone to Arizona, and she did not seem to want to go anywheres. Her youngest sister, Ella, with her family are going Sunday night to Los Angeles to live, so I think we will come out much earlier this winter than usual.
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.
Reel 15, Image 0711
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