Helen Muir


Helen Muir


[John Muir]



Martinez, California. Nov. 2, 1898

Dear Papa

About a week ago we received a letter from Burlington and a Postal from Montreal and then we received a Postal Card that you must have forgoten to write on for there was nothing on it but the address, even the post mark was rubed out so we could not tell where it came from, we were all very sorry not to hear from you.
This afternoon Wanda and I went over to Aunt Margaret's, she has not been well for a few days but she is as well as usual now. I picked up a lot of walnuts from the trees there.



When you come back you will see a grate change on the work on the railroad, yesterday Fannie and Mr Douglass and I went up and walked quite a way on the embankment, I did not find any good fossils this time but we have a good many here already for you. It rained a little here early this morning but it is clear and bright now but a little cold in the shade, there has been frost nearly every morning this week. Keenie is getting bigger, smarter and prettier every day, he shakes hands beautifully, when I say good morning to him when I come down in the morning. Tommy is well but is dreadfully lonesome without you, he runs upstairs and meows at your door everytime he gets a chance, he went up and did it yesterday.
Fannie went home Monday Mr Douglass


came up for her.
Write soon and tell us where you are and how soon you will be home.

Your loving little daughter

Helen Muir

My dear Papa,

I have just received your letter from New York and we have all enjoyed the account of your lively wanderings very much, what a wonderful lot of beautiful places you must have seen, I do wish that I were with you and seeing them all too, but I should think that you would get dreadfully tired rushing around from one end



of the country to the other, we will not be much surprised to get a letter from you from alomost anywhere now.
The Atlantic came last night and we have been reading your animal article in it today, it is fine.
We are all well here, we took your letter over to Aunt Margaret's so that she could enjoy it too, she is as well as usual.
I am glad to hear that our letters reached you at last but it seems rather funny to think of serving them on silver plates as part of your dinner.
It seem a long time since we saw you, don't stay away too dreadfully long.

Your loving daughter

Wanda Muir


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1898 Nov 2


Original letter dimensions: 22 x 14.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0429

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