[Louie Strentzel Muir]
July 31, 1888.
Last Saturday I addressed my letter for you to Victoria, "The Driard," but as you may possibly not call there on your return, I shall rewrite it now for Seattle. Little Helen is playing now with Grandpa, and likes to stay with him a little while, but whenever I leave her with Grandma and Wanda, she just screams for "mama." Since I left her for four hours to go with Annie to Port Costa, she seems to be watching every movement of mine away from her, and she is homesick also! I shall try to keep the children nearly every day at the old home, sleeping at Grandpa's for some time yet; but certainly I cannot leave baby to go to San Francisco until she becomes better satisfied here.
The weather has been pleasant since we came over, a steady south wind and great fleecy masses of fog-clouds at night. Grandpa burned a quantity of brush and straw with sulphur over that old pond and is strewing road dust also, so it is greatly improved.
With Helen's permission, however, after 2 or 3 days in the city I want to move again home as soon as possible. Dora left me July 13th, for the men refused longer to eat what she cooked, so I must hunt up a new assistant for the kitchen. Snow and Fries seem to be doing fairly well, and look satisfied. Mr. Earl took 76 bxs. Bartletts, the others were sent to the city at good prices. Earl agreed to pay for each carload of grapes, and seemed anxious to get them. Wood and Strong also want some, and prospects look better than last year.
The new Alhambra schoolteacher is reported by Mrs. Swett to be young and charming, a recent graduate of the University, etc. and the trustees want her to board at our house, but I do not see how it could be comfortably arranged, though it would be very desirable both for Wanda and myself.
Have just received two postals from Annie, saying that she felt better, had slept and rested well, and enjoyed greatly the lovely views of the mountains, trees and of Donner Lake especially.
Here is also the August Century, containing Kennan's Siberia with some exquisite sketches of the Katunski Alps and glaciers, all more and more interesting to me.
Oh how I long to be with you in that fresh green land beside the clear flowing rivers. If only it were not so far, and the children too could be happy with us, before the forests and the great shining mountains!
[Sheet enclosed marked "Baby's own little letter. Papa know what baby write"]
1888 Jul 31
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.
Muir, Louie Strentzel, "Letter from [Louie Strentzel Muir] to [John Muir], 1888 Jul 31." (1888). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1771.
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