Wife [Louie Wanda Muir]
Sep. 13 1898
My dear wife
I arrived here this morning after a pleasant trip though yesterday we were detained an hour or two by the breaking of a piston. We got another engine & after running 20 or 30 miles the valve gear of the second gave way & we were again at a stand still on the Dakota plain. We got a third & this also broke down in the night & everybody went Hoodoo hunting. We reached St Paul 3 or 4 hours late but by taking a night train to Duluth arrived early enough to catch the last steamer of the season. Our ship leaves here about noon today you time 2pm here - expect a fine sail arrive at Boston Saturday if all goes well. I have picked up quite a lot of companions to whom I preach daily some of them
preachers I was very fortunate in finding [Lint?]. Wood & getting the story of his Glacier Bay trip. He is now a Portland Lawyer. This morning I have been trying to find Henry Butler by telephone but failed. Probably he is not yet back from his island.
What harvest is going on in the Washington Palouse country. In Eastern Montana & Dakota & Minnesota. Hundreds of miles of wheat a [grand?] food sight for Californians or indeed anybody.
I greatly enjoyed the Rocky Mountain forests. Am quite well at a [illegible] breakfast this morning & my throat has not suffered from preachy talking I try to keep restingly quite but they wont let me.
I wrote Helen from the Mountains Heaven bless you all
1898 Sep 13
Original letter dimensions: 23.5 x 15 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Wife [Louie Wanda Muir], 1898 Sep 13." (1898). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2185.
Reel 10, Image 0307
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