Wanda and Helen [Muir]
[14 Aug 1897?]
My dear Wanda and Helen:
I have just been writing to Mamma and must write a little love letter to my dear babies. I sent you a box of lovely Paton hemlock cones and a spray of larch last Sunday from Vancouver.
The hemlock is what we used to call "Williamson Spruce." I got the cones near the largest of the Canada glaciers in the Selkirk Mountains in a flowery, rocky, boggy, ferny forest, and the larch or tamarack I found on the shore of Lake Agnes in the Rocky Mountains, on the east side of the range. I never saw this kind of larch before -neither did Sargent. It is a curious tree, pale green, small, and throws its branches out in every direction. Bryanthus, Linnaea, and many other charming darlings of the cool high mountains are growing beneath it.
Again and again I said you and your mother must make this trip. It is easily made when the cars are not crowded. I met some friends up there of Col. Sellers and a whole lot of people that knew your papa.
I feel pretty tired and took cold on the horrid cars, but soon I hope to be quite well again. Cheer up Grandma and believe me,
Ever your loving father,
And may God keep you safe and well in His love.
Victoria, B. C.
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Wanda and Helen [Muir], [ca. 1897 Aug 16]." (1897). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 1998.
Reel 09, Image 1032
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