Louie [Strentzel Muir]


John Muir


[in margin: What had better be done about the $500 that Mr. Borland wants]


letter from McDowell Johnstone. It might be well to call & see him if you can find time. Lydia Hall & Johnnie Swett called this morning and persuaded me to subscribe for Holder’s New Magazine. I suppose Mr. Keith will want you to celebrate his birthday with him Saturday. Helen says that she ought to be there too! She is afraid that she cannot draw a picture good enough to send him, but she will try to find a box of grapes. Joseph is ready to go to Mar. so good bye. Write as soon as you know when you can come home.

Lovingly, Louie


Martinez, California

Nov. 19, 1891.

My dear John,

Your letter came last evening, and we are glad you are so comfortable at the University Club: but we are a doleful family here just now. Grandma’s eye improves but slowly, and she frets about many things, especially about Wanda’s lame knee which is more stiff and painful today, so we have kept the child in bed, swathed in warm flannels. Helen is very well, but scolding a little because she also


must stay in the house today on account of the cold cold wind. A cold drizzling rain commenced at 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon and lasted all night, making a great pattering and clattering on the tin roof, but yet not wholly conquering the dust. Coleman brought over some men & gathered many Ferraras to pack to day. We went to see Aunt Margaret yesterday and she is much better. Miss Graydon is still very anxious about her brother who is dangerously sick with Typhoid Fever


Her father has reached Whatcom, Washington, does not like so much rain there, and wants to come on to California so the poor girl has more than enough care on her mind. Dorville Libby wrote again, wanting to come here Wednesday, that is yesterday but Grandma being sick, I telegraphed him that you were away, & that you would call to see him, so please do not forget. He is in room 1, the Flood Building. There are some grapes left if they want to come up next Sunday or Monday. There is also a friendly



Martinez, California

Date Original

1891 Nov 19


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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