Wanda Muir


Wanda Muir


[John Muir]



Martinez Calif.

Oct 7 1898

Dear Papa,

We have received your delightful lot of letters and telegrams and enjoyed them all so much, your letter from Knoxville, Tenn. came yesterday. What a fine time you must be having! We were all very glad to hear that you were well again, for we had been worrying about you a good deal. We are all well here and are very careful about watching the fires. Aunt Margaret is about as usual, she received your letter with the lovely little heathwort blossoms in it



and we always take our own over for she enjoys seeing them all so much.
It has rained several times lately and today there is a regular storm, it will be awful for the grapes for they are already cracking badly, but everything else is beautifully fresh and clean and clean and the grass is springing up everywhere.
Cousin Fannie has been here a week and will stay the rest of the month with us, she is a good walker and as several Martinez girls have come out to climb the hills with us we have had some fine long walks. Last Saturday eleven of us went over to the big Laurel, the views were grand, we could see


the Sierras very clearly and the flowers and ferns are just starting up now. On another walk we found a little canyon back of Ferndale where there were thirty or forty quite large maple trees with red and yellow leaves, how beautiful whole forests must look in such gorgeous dress.
I received a letter from Margaret Muir a few days ago, she was very anxious to have you visit them in St Paul and said that if you would come there, they would send "Helen Muir" to the train to meet you.
blasting and



banging away on the railroad cut, we went up there Sunday and found a lot of fossil shells, there was one flat-rock about three feet square that was just covered with different kinds of sheels and Helen was very much pleased to find a petrified worm.
We have just received a letter from a lady who wants you to give a series of lectures before her club and another from a young newspaper woman who wants you to tell her how the clam shells that were found in the tunnel manage to get there, she said that she "was going to write them up and that as you were the greatest authority, she would like to get your views


so you see it is rather unfortunate sometimes that you are so fameous.
Your letter from Rome, Ga. has just come, how I wish that I could be with you in the beautiful woods that you tell us about. Helen says that she would like very much to see the funny little negro children.
I hope that you will come home pretty soon for it is lonesome here with out you.

Lovingly your daughter

Wanda Muir



Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1898 Oct 7


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.

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Reel 10, Image 0357

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

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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