Martinez April 16, 1908Alone at the old homeDarling Helen,I left Pasadena Sunday eve, got to Barstow 1.30 Monday morning, found No. 7 annulled on account of a burned bridge this side of Holbrook & a wreck farther east, got on my train again, went to bed & to the Needles, botanized there most all of Monday, & got on the train No 7 at 6 o'clock & arrived here Tuesday eve. Wanda intended starting for Daggett Monday eve but Mrs Hanna was taken sick & could not take care of baby. Next day Wanda was taken tick suddenly & had to go to the Berkeley doctors, but she is better & hopes to get back home in a few days well as ever Maggie too has been sick but is now better. I feel very much better after Pasadena visit & am hard at work on [Stickeen?] for a little book. I never before saw the garden here looking so well. The roses are perfectly glorious, finer than any I saw in Pasadena Write every day as usual to your lonely loving father John Muir[in margin: My Kindest regard to the Van Dykes & Funks.]
1908 Apr 16
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