[John Muir]


Helen [Muir]


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Home, Aug. 6, 1908Darling Helen.I sent you yesterday a box of peaches & a box of pears both picked from your own trees. The peaches not good, but with sugar & cream may be made somewhat edible under desert conditions. The best kinds are not yet ripe, & all are under sized from lack of sufficient thinning & lack of spring rains.The pears are the best on the ranch & will be fine in about ten days, after being wrapt in a blanket & kept under your bed in the dark.Last week we had hot dismal deadly north wind weather now followed by cooling reviving sea winds. If all goes well I may be with you Saturday or Sunday. All the Harriman family except Cornelia expect to be in S.F. today or tomorrow on their way to their Oregon camp, & have cordially invited me to visit them there. I'll be very glad to know Desert Van Dyke & to see you all again especially thee my darling. Heaven keep you. So prays alwaysYour loving father.Should the Harrimans prevail in getting me to go with them to their Klamath Camp, my visit to you will be delayed only a few days. But at present I intend to see you first of all. I have no end of other kind invitations as if all my friends had conspired to prevent me from doing any more writing.


[Martinez, Calif.]

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1908 Aug 6


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Reel 17, Image 0819

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