[Annie Wanda Muir]
Martinez,Cal.,August 28,1885Dear John:Your first letter from Yellowstone Park reached me the day before yesterday, and I have felt much comforted ever since thinking of your being so much stronger, and that you are at last camping out on the mountains. Oh, if you could only feel unhurried and able to rest with no thought of the morrow, next week, or next month, nor of any vineyards and Chinamen!Since reading about the Eastern frost and snow, a general coolness even down to the land of ...... I worry no more about Wisconsin sunstroke. I am sure that beyond the Mammouth Springs Hotel grounds, up among the lakes, fountains of the great rivers, there must be the charm and healing balm of your own high wilderness.Only one week in the Rocky mountain wilderness for John Muir. O, my beloved, you are cruel to yourself. Yet now that I think what a blessed Sabbath day that must have been face to face with the dear mother you have so longed to see for so many years, it seems best after all. Poor mother, how hard it will be for her to let you go again.DEAR PAPA:MyBABY WANTS TO KISS YOU. BABY WISHES SHE COULD GO TO YOU. TELL LITTLE GRACIE SHE MUST COME WITH YOU TO CALIFORNIA. BRING BABY SOME BONNY WATER LILLIES. BABY WANTS YOU TO COME HOME DEAR PAPA. LOVE.
[1885 Aug 28]
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm.
Reel 05, Image 0384
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