[Helen Muir ?]
sounded dreadful & then they came down towards me & howled & howled, & I finished breakfast & left that mountain & now I call that mountain Wolf Mountain. And I climbed another mountain & a beautiful bird like a hen only far prettier called a ptarmigan let me close up to it & was not afraid, & I saw its beautiful gentle eyes & its pretty feathers & its feet with feathers down to its toes to keep them warm in the snow in winter & the ground in some places was just covered with flowers like a fine garden & I saw a hummingbird & I wondered how the little fellow found his way over the ice so far to these flowers. I will be glad to get home so that I can see my little girls & now here is a picture of my sled for I think you never saw a sled. It has no wheels like wagons or buggies but just slides. It was just wonderful how it could [jump?] over rough places if you pulled it hard.
When I [come?] I will tell you many fine long good stories about things write me another
[in margin: letter & your loving Papa will be glad]
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to [Helen Muir ?], [1890 Aug ?]." (1890). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1944.
Reel 06, Image 0629
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