Louie [Strentzel Muir]
Swett's, Friday night
12 o'clock 
I have been looking every day for a letter about the children and have not yet heard a word. As for myself there is nothing to say only this Shasta work. Mr. Swett promised this morning to call and tell you that I could not get done in time to get home this week. I have just finished the 77th page. Have worked very hard all day and nearly all night. This is only the 3d day, as Monday was spent at Dewings. The article is going to be very long. Have not been once out of the house since I entered it on Monday, nor will I go till the Shasta is done. Captain Rodgers wants me to dine with him, and I mean to try to call at Bentons and at Moores before returning, Emily [Swett] is sick abed, Mrs. Swain nursing her and Mrs. Tracey.
Tell Hu to prune the peach orchard hill, beginning at the top where the weeds are tall. For Heaven's sake keep the children, and Heaven keep us all. Now must try to sleep - head hot and weary, but writing well and fast.
Will telegraph when to meet me.
Swett's [San Francisco, Calif]
Original letter dimensions: 33 x 21.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Louie [Strentzel Muir], [1889?]." (1889). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1876.
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