[Annie L. Muir]
Wanda & Helen [Muir]
jump and play as well as you do. She and her sisters play together and seem to enjoy themselves very much every day.
Johnny Reid has a pit crow and two white doves, a cat, and a puppy. The crow & the cat do not get on very well together. The crow likes to play that the cat's tail is a large worm and will pick it up in his beak. The cat does not like this and will turn and box the crows ears with her paw. Johnny is very fond of pets and plays with them so much that they are all very tame, and go to him whenever they see him. The doves light on his head or shoulders and eat out of his hand_
I have written this letter with my new gold pen. I hope this letter will bring me new from California soon. Lovingly your Auntie.
[in margin: Love to Papa, Mamma, Grandpa & Grandma A.]
Portage Wis. Sep. 28- '88 Dear Wanda & Baby Helen-
Not one word has come to me from the Alhambra Valley since I let it just two months ago yesterday, and I have been hoping for one letter from Wanda every day for more than a month. I did not feel very sure of one from anybody else for I thought that Mamma did not write very often and that if Papa had dome home he would be very busy now and might not find time
to write but surely Wanda would write to me for she would not feel so particular about her spelling and writing in writing to me as to other people. And so I kept hoping for a letter but none has come and so I will first write to you and see if that will make you & Baby write. For I am quite hungry for news from you all.
I had been thinking about you all one day and look- ing at your pictures and at night I dreamed that I saw you both standing together looking over at me, and I was very very glad and reached out my hands to you but you were on the
other side of hedge, and it was growing dark and I could not reach you and I awoke feeling very much disappointed.
Grandma Muir's home in Portage looks very pretty to me for there is a green lawn all around the house except just at the back door, and some large oak trees in it; & beautiful flowers, for there has been plenty rain all summer.
I must tell you about your little cousin Mabel who is not nearly as large as you are although al- most as old. I think she told me that she only weigh- ed 43 lbs. but she is very happy and likes to run &
1888 Sep 28
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24 cm.
Muir, Annie L., "Letter from [Annie L. Muir] to Wanda & Helen [Muir], 1888 Sep 28." (1888). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1788.
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