Benj[amin] P. Avery


John Muir



San Francisco April 25/74

Dear Mr. Muir:

I was very sorry my wife’s concern for me when I was in one of my “bad spells” prevented me from seeing you when you were so kind as to call. I am still lame and confined to my room, and my hand is too shaky for plain writing; but I must say how [illegible] I appreciate the kind words in your note of the 17th, and hope it may be con- venient for you to favor us with another call. I regret very much [serving?] my pleas- ant relations with the[underlined: Overland] and its able contributors, and especially regret that the opportunity to share in the public [illegible] of your valuable papers and to know

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you more intimetaly, is to be lost to me. Not [ambition?] for [illegible] purely ext[illegible] and accidental – and which are infinitely below those of my [illegible] profession — but the [illegible]fulsion of broken health made me seek a foreign app[illegible]. Hoping I shall be privileged to hear from you when abroad, I am Sincerely Yours, Benj. P. Avery


San Francisco, [Calif]

Date Original

1874 Apr 25


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0067

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