Louie [Wanda Muir]
Nov. 21 1898
I'm once more alone but fortunately on my way home.
Sargent & I parted this forenoon at a place called Archer. He went to Jacksonville on his way direct for Boston & I came here to reach the road that leads to New Orleans. The day before yesterday we stopped at Palatka on the famous St Johns River when I saw the most magnificient magnolias some 4 ft in diameter & 100 ft high also the largest & most beautiful hickories & oaks from there we went to Cedar
Keys. Of course I inquired for the Dodgsons at whose house I lay sick so long Mr Hodgson died long ago, also the eldest son, with whom I used to go boating, but Mrs Hodgson & the rest of the family two boys & three girls are alive & well & I saw them all today except one of the boys. I found them at Archer when I stopped four hours on my way from Cedar Keys. Mrs H & the two eldest girls remembered me well. The house was pointed out to me & I found the good old lady, who nursed me, in the garden. I asked her if she knew me she answered no & asked my name I said Muir. "John Muir", she almost screamed, "My California John Muir"? My California John?
I said "Why Yes, I promised to come back & visit you in about 25 years, & though a little late Ive come. I stopped to [dinner?] & we talked over old times in grand style you may be sure. It is now bed time & I must stay in this dreary hotel. until noon tomorrow for the New Orleans train.
I mean to stop over a day at New Orleans with Mr Mellichamp another botanist. Then I hope to get straight home though Sargent advises other stops in Texas & Arizona. He is to send my letters from Jacksonville to Mobile so
I'll hope to hear from you about noon the day after tomorrow.
Mercy how lonely I feel & yet how glad I am to be at last facing westward It seems years & years since I left home. Im quite well but my eyes are a little sore with gazing out of the car windows with eager botantical discrimination, especially at the forests of the Long leafed pine of when I can never see enough big, little & babies.
A single tassel contains nearly 2000 needles a foot long, I am very anxious to hear that you are well Goodnight Heaven keep you, Mamma Wanda Helen darlings Maggie Goodnight Goodnight Goodnight
Live Oak, Fla.
1898 Nov 21
Original letter dimensions: 24 x 15 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from [John Muir] to Louie [Wanda Muir], 1898 Nov 21." (1898). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2312.
Reel 10, Image 0501
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