John Muir


Mary [Muir Hand]


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[1]Martinez Contra Costa County Cal. Dec 20, 1880.My dear Sister Mary,I am so glad to know that your little man-boy is prospering so well & that he is already giving evidence of prodigious talent Geology, did you say! & botany! Well you cannot , I think I might venture to say, be quite sure as to the ologies as yet, but he will no doubt have more than ordinary talent & living in a fresh wild country he will be pretty sure to be healthy. I am coming to see you my lassie & all those sketches[2]that you have been making since last I saw you, just as soon as the good Lord will let me away from my studies & my new duties. In the meantime we expect a long visit from a relative of the family that will no doubt claim a good deal of my time, & this in addition to my writing will make it impossible to come to you this year. That exacting relative has no name as yet. I mean a baby who is to appear in a month or two. If I have forgotten to answer your husbands letter I am very sorry


Martinez, Calif.

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1880 Dec 20


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