John Muir


[John Muir]


[Annie] Wanda [Muir]


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Yosemite Valley July 16th 1884 My Dear Wanda, Papa & Mamma are coming home to baby tomorrow & Mamma & papa have been glad all the time when Grandpa wrote a letter & baby wrote a letter that said "baby is well & good & does not cry at all" After Paper wrote the other letter to baby Mamma & Papa climbed up a high mount= =ain & Mamma got tired & so papa walked behind & pushed mamma with a long stick this way & the stock soon began to hurt Mamma's back & then Mamma was too warm & so she took off some of her clothes & papa tied a skirt [shirt?] on the end of the stick &

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Wanda Muir Martinez Cal.



2 then it did not hurt any more. And when we were about half way up the mountain a man came up behind us with a horse & he said How Do you do Mr Muit & I said "pretty well" this lady is Mrs. Muir Mr. McAuley" & then he jumped down off his horse & said to Mamma "Please get on my horse Mrs. Muir" & there was a big mans saddle on the horse & some big bags that are called saddlebags & some meal & things in the bags but Mamma got on the top of all & she looked very funny when she rode away up the mountain with the man behind with a stick shipping the horse to make him go fast

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and when we went to the top of the mountain we were hungry & the man gave us a good dinner & we looked off the top of the mountain & saw many beautiful waterfalls & trees & snow & rocks. & then we climbed up the side of another mountain & when we were climbing up papa saw the marks of a bears foot & then Mamma was afraid but papa said the bear is only looking for berries & will not bite. I then we told the man about the bear & the man said that an Indian saw the bear about half an hour before. & Mamma was afraid when she was picking flowers for baby. & papa has many stories to tell baby & he & Mamma ar coming home tomorrow


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1884 Jul 16


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0109

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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