Louie [Strentzel Muir]
Portland, Oregon, Aug. 14, 1885.Dear Louie,I hope you are all well and that the work I left is not giving you undue trouble. I suppose Wanda is having a glad good time tramping and walking with her grandfather. I was one day at Sissons and arrived here this afternoon at 4:30. Walked out to Dr. Lindsey's but found nobody at home, Mr. and Mrs. gone east, the girls scattered, etc. Also called on Mr. Alisky, whom I knew when here last, [I] found that he had gone to Europe. Then went to the office of Dr. Chance and found his door locked. Tomorrow I shall hunt up John Muir and Paul Schulze, and then push on homeward. The stage ride was very rough and dusty. I feel better now and hope to stand the journey home quite easily, and I no longer dread it. [I] slept on the train last night, and breakfasted lightly on a peach and ?, then no lunch to speak of, it was so bad, but had [here a portion of the letter is torn away] Dr. Gibbons gave me some pills and a bottle of brown powder made of bisnuth, brass, brittamia metal, or something of the sort, which I may be compelled to take - wonder how grandma would admire it. It looks like powdered lava or Red Bluff dust. I wrote you the night I spent with the Dr. and hope he did not fail to mail it. I also wrote from Sissons telling you that I borrowed $50 from him, and asking you to send him that amount, addressedJ. H. Sisson,Sissons Station,Berryvale,Siskiyou Co., Cal.Mt. Shasta looked intensely impressive and inspiring -- a lovely green meadow in front, then the deep woods of pine and spruce swelling upward on its slopes, then the vast sweep of lava and snow and ice into the sky. Hard, hard to pass it by on any errand.Jerome Fay is stopping at his father-in-law's ranch fifteen miles beyond Sissons. I stopped there to see him for a few minutes, but he too was away.Wonder if father and mother will have gone to Scotland [here a portion of the letter is torn away].Only Shasta was at home. Half-past nine, must to bed. Love to all,Ever y[ou]rs,John Muir.
1885 Aug 14
Original letter dimensions: 15 x 28 cm.
Reel 05, Image 0354