Wanda, Helen & Mama [Muir]
Oct 18 1898
Dear Wanda & Helen & Mamma
Im pretty sleepy, for it was after midnight when I went to bed last night & the bed was only a confounded stuffy jiggling bunk at the top of a sleeping or sleepless car. But this day was so crisp & bright & delightful, so full of lovely & wild scenery it might awaken the dead & do away with sleep altogether. I stopped here on my way from Montreal to the White Mountains & all the scenery was beautiful & must be beautiful all the year but robed with glorious leaf colors as it is now nobody can half tell or even hint it. The town is finely
situated on Lake Champlain on high ground on the Eastern shore commanding wide views of the lake with its many islands & the mountains of the Adirondacks region, while the Green Mountains make a grand fence along the Eastern horizon. I got here about noon, had a nice dinner in a fine clean commodious hotel
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which you may be sure I appreciated after the squalled piggy places we had to stop at in the southern states. Then I got a buggy & drove through the pretty town & the hills & along the lake through the midst of Yellow & purple & golden trees & bushes. My! If you & Helen & Mamma could have been with me. Tomorrow I start for Stowe & thence up Mt Mansfield. Thence I go to Mt Washington & the passes and notches of the White Mountains, &
then back to Boston perhaps passing through a part of the State of Maine. You & Helen must read or reread Parkmans history of the Indians & early French explorers in Canada you will find charming descriptions of this region in the midst of the green
& red history of the savages missionaries & adventurous traders. Lake George & Champlain were the highway to Canada for both Indians & whites for centuries.
You may be sure Ill sleep long & well tonight. I have a good room & a good bed. I wonder if John Small is still hereabouts. How he must have enjoyed his New Hampshire hills.
Give my love to Maggie. Heaven bless you all, so prays
1898 Oct 18
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Wanda, Helen & Mama [Muir], 1898 Oct 18." (1898). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2203.
Reel 10, Image 0387
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