Katharine [Merrill] Graydon


Wanda [Muir]


[marked "Indianapolis letters"]

1364 Franklin St.,
Oakland, Aug. 21st, 1892.

My dear Wanda,

Your two letters, so nicely written, have both reached me, and I have not intended being so long in answering them, but the days down here in Oakland have a way of flying by before one can get in all he cares to do. I am very glad your grandmother got off, and I know how much you especially miss her, but the trip and the change will do her good. When do you expect her back? You ask about my school. In my own especial class there are forty-two scholars, to whom I teach Latin and English Literature. Then I have three other classes in Latin to which I go out to hear in other rooms. My scholars average, I fancy, about seventeen years, and while not specially brilliant, are, for the most part well bred and interesting, and I am enjoying my work. Beginning with Tuesday I am to have a private scholar in Greek in the evening. Each Saturday morning I take some instruction in Greek, a teacher coming over from the City. It is modern Greek, in which I am finding better reading than I had supposed existed. It is proving the pleasantest feature of my week, and I am giving it every spare minute
To-day, at Dr. McLean's request, I met a S. S. class to take up the study of the Greek Testament, a thing I shall enjoy much, but I must confess when the class assembled and I saw one gray head over seventy, with other younger but more studious people, it looked just a grain formidable.
Does not this answer your question as to what I am doing? I wanted to come up and spend yesterday with you, but a letter the early part of the week from some eastern and dear friends took me off with them. Then I thought I might come to-day, but the starting of the class at the Congregational Church ties me on Sunday, as does the Greek on Saturday. But do not forget me, and come to Oakland when you can. I think you will have to do the visiting, n'est pas?
I was glad to hear of the menagerie, but you told me nothing of Helen. Next time I hope you will. Write me whenever you can, and believe always that I love you. I hope all are well, both at your house and the other place. Remember me to your Auntie and May, as well as to all in your household.

Your loving friend,
Katharine [Merrill] Graydon


Oakland [Calif.]

Date Original

1892 Aug 21


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0639

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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