December 22 1898
My dear Mr Muir.
The receipt of your kind letter of the [illegible] inst and of your beautiful book has given me and all of mine great pleasure. We are glad to learn of your safe arrival at your sunny home, and the "mountains of California will be a continous source of delight to all of us. Reading the first chapter memories of the Old [Long?] Syne with a flood of pleasant reminces were revived. The grandeur of the scenery of the old mountains, [crapes?] at Truckees [illegible], the [deseend?] of a starved ragged lot of young Eldorado seekers to the foot hills, the establishment of their camp under the shade of the Douglas Oaks and sturdy [Neet?] pines (P. Sabiniana) on the banks of the Yuba River passed in review before the minds eye. Sparks of the enthusisms were rekindled and feelings of the same pure delight called forth while reading these pages, which filled the heart of the young fellow when he enjoyed fifty years ago and grand and novel beauties of the wonderland opening before him. I thank you most hearthely for your [illegible] gift. Since you left here the weather has been
execrable, cold blast, heavy rains rarely a ray of sunshine relieving the gloom of these winter days. It was on such a day that [Profesor?] [illegible] arrived here about a week a ago, which would not permitt to take him out to the Pine hills and to the Live Oak and magnolia groves. He left the same evening bound to see our mutual friend Dr Chapman at [Apachieola?], with the promise to surely be down here agin the coming spring. He requests to me to send you herewith his best regards.
My good wife our daughter and sons unite with me in sending you our best wishes for a happy New Year.
Thanking you again I am sincerely yours
1898 Dec 22
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.
Mohr, Charles, "Letter from Charles Mohr to John Muir, 1898 Dec 22." (1898). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2327.
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