John Muir


Helen [Muir]


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of honeysuckle bloom almost to the top, & the Romneya thicket is like a snowbank. The trees all look fine & promise plenty of fruit, especially peaches. A lot of quails have been roosting in the big rose-clad pine, & I think at least one pair have a nest in it under the rose, & a pair of Orioles in the top branches. A pair of sickle-bill thrushes have been here all spring but I have not yet found their nest, & a few saucy English sparrows have their nests equally well concealed. I can't find Millie's nest either tho she now comes every morning for milk soon the family will be big enough to travel & she will bring them to me, for she likes me & is now as tame as old Tom.Last Wednesday I had breakfast before six, & the engineers of a long west bound freight seemed, as they were crossing the viaduct, to think you had got back home, I suppose from seeing the smoke of my fire. Anyhow they toowhit-toowhooed & cockadoodledooed almost all the way from station to tunnelTake good care of poor Wanda & try to make her forget ranches ranching & moneymaking & be her own dear self again.Ever affectionatelyyour father John Muir


[Martinez, Calif.]

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1908 May 24


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Reel 17, Image 0607

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