Helen and Wanda [Muir]
Oct 2 1898
My dear Helen & Wanda -
We are in Georgia now as you see & not far from where I passed on my long walk to the Gulf of Mexico long ago. We hired a team this morning & a negro boy for a driver & have been riding most all day in the beautiful woods & along the [Coosa?] River & over some pretty steep hills making many stops to examine the rare plants & trees & bushes. There are 3 kinds of hickory trees here & Mr Sargent made the negro boy climb I dont know how many to get specimens of the nuts & it was fun to see him making faces about it. The oaks are very beautiful 7 or 8 kinds grow here, some with leaves
long & slim like those of willows others very broad & glossy & deeply divided or plain. There is a huckleberry bush in these woods that is very tall & may be called a tree in some places. but the berries are small the children call them sparkle berries. I have not seen a single squirrel all day, & very few birds. but I saw hundreds & hundreds of little negro girls & boys laughing, grinning muggins jet black or brown too comical & cunnning for anything This being Sunday many were in their best clothes. & my! if you saw the glory & grandeur of this Sunday best Solomon in all his glory etc was nowhere. Well its late & I must go to bed Tomorrow we go to Tuscaloosa Alabama. In about ten days we will be in New York. & then to Boston & perhaps Adirondacks & home. I do hope you are all well. I expect to get a telegram
from Mamma Tomorrow or next day at Huntsville. Ala. Now I pray God to bless you. Goodnight my darlings Goodnight
Your loving father
1898 Oct 2
Original letter dimensions: 24 x 15.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Helen and Wanda [Muir], 1898 Oct 2." (1898). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2192.
Reel 10, Image 0335
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