Louie [Strentzel] Muir


[John Muir]


July 28,1888.Dear Papa,Your delightful letters from Victoria to Wanda and all, came last night and comforted our anxious hearts: for the Shasta and Tacoma notes made us fear that you were really but very little better. But Oh John, you ought not to have left the "Driard" until you had grown much stronger. Anyway, after returning from Vancouver and the Fraser river why not stay awhile at that hotel of comfort "dining deliciously" and growing round and fair to see! Surely you could write out your notes, elaborate a daintily refreshing "Picturesque leader" that even Dewing and Oge might recognize as more satisfactory because of the "downy digestion" concerned therewith.How thankful we have been that you escaped from our miserable siege of hot winds and dust and oh such ferocious mosquitoes! Poor little Helen suffered so from their bites, though we did our best with camphor and linen leggings and veils to shield her. After sitting up hunting mosquitoes for three nights I got your room cleared of them and then kept the children up there as much as possible night and day.I could not decide that it would be best to move, until day before yesterday when we all came over to Grandpa's and Annie came up from San Francisco for the last night. We made everything as pleasant as could be for Annie. The chicken-pie dinner was extra nice, the great red ripe peaches were beauties, and we packed a lot of them with many other good things, in a large basket for lunch on the way. Grandma gave her a gold thimble, I gave an opera-glass, and Grandpa gave a 20 dollar gold piece to buy herself a present with. I went with her to Port Costa and saw her all right on the train, where the Burlington Ex. Agent met her, as she made all the arrangements for going that way, while in the city, because Mrs. Parry's friend had again postponed her return East, and Annie did not hear of anyone else she could go with soon. I do hope that she will be comfortable all the way home.I sent a beautiful card-case for a wedding present to Carrie Muir Owen. Helen Swett went with Annie to Monterey and Santa Cruz. They were at two grand hotels, admired lawns and flowers, gathered pebbles and shells on the beach, spent a day among the Redwoods, enjoyed everything exceedingly, and Annie felt and looked very much better after it all, and says she will write description.[Louie Muir][Another copy, only slightly different, of letter dated July 2_, 1888]


[Martinez, Calif.]

Date Original

1888 Jul 28


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 1090

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