Louie [Wanda] Muir


[John Muir]



Martinez, California.

Nov. 15, 1898

My dear husband

Your two letters of Nov. 6th from Osborne's came just this afternoon. 8 days from the date of the postmark, and those beautiful ferns were 11 days on the way, all owing I suppose to the tunnel fire and blockade. The ferns and moss looked pretty fresh though, so I planted them carefully in fresh leaf mold from the hill, and so perhaps they will live.
Your racing journeys both north and south are a continual surprise to us slow going folk. Only flying birds could follow you, and think that even they would be bothered over so many migrations




within two months!
The only thing however that had worried us has been the danger of your traveling so near those southern fever-regions. We do hope that you will not take a fancy to go to Havana or Santiago until they have had years of fiery disinfection. Tell Prof. Sargent we are grateful for his good care of you so far, and we trust to him to keep you away from all dangerous lands.
Tell him that if he can also rescue that glorious magnolia from its present tribulation, we shall believe him one of the very best men in the world. I wonder if you have seen any of the great trees near the rivers, in full bloom.
Did you write any notes about



Lexington Kentucky? We did not receive any, Helen is delighted, indeed we all are, that you have met Richmond Hobson under happy conditions. Your account of the dinner with Tesla has not yet come.
It would be grand if you could preach of God's Forests to President McKinley. It does seem to me to be your duty to go with Sargent and work your best at Washington Think of the beautiful woods being left with nothing mightier than Pinchot's little plan between them and destruction!
All is well here except the dust and drouth, but the sky is cloudy now. Aunt Margaret was here when your letters came, and is as well as usual. Wanda and Helen have been perfectly well all the time, and I am not so lame as I was last month.
Aunt [Elte?] has paid 2 checks for $600.00 and $750.00 and Mr. Ipswitch $500.00 Mr. George also sent more so there is plenty for taxes.


Don't you need more money? If so, there is plenty here

Lovingly, your faithful wife

Louie Muir


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1898 Nov 15


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0489

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