April 18. 1892
My dear Helen – It is very lonely where I can’t see you though ever so many beautiful children are here. Sometimes I dont feel well & a touch of your little hand would make me better. It is pretty cold this morning, & no flowers or leaves are to be seen yet but I saw a robin gathering strings & bits of cloth to make a nest & that shows that spring will soon be here. I saw a very pretty blue jay in the yard this morning, far prettier than the California jay but his voice is not good. Joannas little girls are sweet How fine it would be if you & Wanda could see them. This country seems
very cold. The maple buds are just beginning to swell. Your grandma Muir is anxious to see you & Wanda, but though she is a good walkes she can not walk to California & she says she is not able to ride in the cars. I suppose Ive written a very dull letter – for I feel dull. Im so lonesome without you But pretty soon Ill see you again & feel your soft little hand. Your loving father
1892 Apr 18
Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 12.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Helen [Muir], 1892 Apr 18." (1892). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 157.
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