[Annie] Wanda [Muir]
[line drawing of bear with paws in air]
July 12. 1888
My Dear Wanda-
When I was at Mountain Shasta on my way up here I was walking along thinking about the changes that had been made since I used to climb the old mountain - the railroad & the cars & the sawmills & the lots of new houses. I was thinking how different everything about the foot of the mountain looked when all at once I saw a bear A brown hairy muggins with long teeth & long claws & a long
[in margin: your little sister & I will not forget to bring you something]
black nose. I was startled at first & said Hulou Old fellow What are you doing here. Then up he jumped [stricken word] & stood like a man & looked at me with his cunning eyes & held out his arms & spread his claws & big paws. Then I saw that he was chained & I gave him an apple & he ate it up then I ventured to walk close up to him & pat him on the head as if he were a dog then he took my hand in his mouth as if he meant to bit it off & he did bit in a little but I jerked it away before he could get a good hold. The old muggins seemed to be half in fun & half in earnest about his biting. Be a good girl & take good care of
Victoria, B. C.
1888 Jul 23
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to [Annie] Wanda [Muir], 1888 Jul 23." (1888). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1768.
Reel 05, Image 1070
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