S[arah] A. Hodgson
April 10th 1869. Oak Hill, Cedar Keys Fla.
Once more dear friend John have one of your nice kind letters come to hand & I know it is useless to tell you how welcome it was & how very glad we all were to hear of your complete restoration to health once more, and you are a “Shepherd”, well! well! I only wish I could spend as quiet & happy a life as I know you do among the gay Lambs of your flock & the [den den of lions?], How I envy you the great privilege of beholding all the glorious beauties of Creation, but, I ”am but a woman” & cannot make the animal part keep pace with the mortal and spiritual existence, I must be content & such [illegible] port the good L[illegible] but to me for awhile & who knows but one day I too may [illegible] amid the lovely wilds of [illegible] or distant a sport as your “San Joaquin Valley” You must try to help me to see those beauties by the aid of your seady penail & glory pen point & describe all even yet more vividly, though I can somewhat about imagine I see your lovely home & your self amid the flowers [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] plant just found. If I had of law educated a Botanist I cant tell where my love of it might not have be [illegible], as it is I am a passionate worshipper of flowers & love [their benefit?] to human beings, Send me roots seeds & bloms of all you can get, I am
spending all my leisure time in adorning my home with flowers, have laid out all my front yard in beds of fancy shapes edged with large shells pure white & am [putting?] all I can get in there both wild and [cultivated?] Have a hill of [illegible] luxuriant vine & [illegible] plants of [illegible] beautiful [illegible] with the white berries from [illegible], it is called the [Snowberry?] [plant?] [Went?] to [illegible] Key on purpose to get it. Mr. Hooper says I am planting asters for the [illegible] of [Mosquitoes?] in greater [nos?] I cant help it, I must have my flowers [illegible] the [illegible] sprig of "Sparkle berries (all I am said [illegible]) from "Auld Lang Syne" I have been able at last to purchase my home from the original [owner?], so I feel quite secure in placing my labour I [love?] on it to improve & embellish it, we do not forget [illegible] but we have to eat, as well as see & have about 20,000 [young?] grape leaves coming [among?] a couple of hundred lemons & limes 5-0 figs & 150 bananas & plantains with a few pine apples, so you see we have not been idle the past years [We have now?] a flourishing garden from which we are eating vegetables daily have [illegible] today - with [illegible]potatoes [illegible] Eddy send best respects to you says he wishes he had gone with you to Col [illegible] (but what would I have done without my Eddy near me)
He says if he does not succeed here as he wishes he will sell his place & go out there yet, but I hope he will be successful & stay near me while I live, Since I wrote you last my health has been very bad [indeed?] but after a [sore?]attack with my throat in Feb I have been improving & now feel as well as ever Hope to see you before the [10?] years expire paying me a visit here again & hope we will be able to [illegible] some considerable The name of [illegible] [was?] Wm. P. Croasdale (Croasdale) went to Texas somewhere, I cant tell you where, have never heard from him since he left Galveston for the interior. Mrs. [Richard?] return to Maine in bad health does not write to me, [Wife?] [Thompson?] is still [illegible] although I'm not [illegible] could easily be induced to change it [illegible] prefix. My other children are all well & still remember & think & speak of Mr. Muir often
I have a lady [friend?] visiting me now for a while that I wish you could know she is the daughter of a [illegible] (Mrs. MacRae) I have [illegible] of you & read part of your last letter to him, [illegible] as I [illegible] will & any [illegible] die out [illegible] Mrs. H is now engaged in getting out [illegible] & [illegible] enough to make us a [supporter?] [illegible]
without so much [illegible]
Mr Hodg[illegible] send his respects says give him a full description of the country its advantages & d[illegible] I hope to hear from you soon write me frequently
By the way I must tell you a joke that [illegible]
Cedar Keys, Fla.
1869 Apr 10
Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 40 cm.
Hodgson, Sarah A., "Letter from S[arah] A. Hodgson to John Muir, 1869 Apr 10." (1869). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1298.
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