Louie [Strentzel Muir]
Grand Hotel S.F.
July 12, 1889.
12 & a 1/2 oclock again so that this letter should be dated the 13th. Was at dentist an hour & a half & got a [sweat?] have to go again tomorrow still have done pretty well, 17 pages- now 86 altogether, [Dewing?] is telegraphing like made from New York for Muir's M.S. He will get ere long. Most of the days work was [prosing?] except the last page past now written. Here it is. Speaking of mastas sent from Puget Sound I write - "Thus these trees stripped of their leaves & branches are raised again, transplanted & set firmly erect, given roots of iron bare cross-poles for limbs, & a new foliage of flapping canvas, & then sent to sea, where they go merrily
bowing & waving, meeting the same winds that rocked them when they stood at home in the woods. After standing in one place all their lives they now like sightseeing tourists go round the world meeting many a relative from the old home forest. Some like themselves arrayed in broad canvas foliage, others planted close to shore head downward in mud, holding wharf platforms aloft to receive the wares of all nations." Imagination enough but I dont know what I'll think of it in the sober morning. I see by the papers that [Swell?] is out of school - for which I am at once glad sorry & indignant if not more -
Love to all
Good night J.M.
Grand Hotel, S[an] F[rancisco, Calif]
1889 Jul 12
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Louie [Strentzel Muir], 1889 Jul 12." (1889). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1837.
Reel 06, Image 0149
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