Sept. 3- 
My dear Mr. Muir,
I thought you might be interested in knowing that we are in the Yosemite Park & have just spent the night in this lovely spot. It seems such a pity to [illegible] [illegible] in four days as is the cust[illegible] [illegible]preferred making the whole [illegible] [illegible] in one day, seventy one miles to the Sentinel House where we spent three nights & yesterday came up here on mule back by the l[illegible]g trail, much [illegible] tried then in Egypt on those [wretched side saddles?] & M[illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible]. This time my [brother?} kept in the rear so we all arrived at the same time. Both he & my sister objected very much to the
3 but they finally decided to come with me & I am sure they are glad to have done so. The views were magnificent in the way & from the verandah of this house as you know. The Bridal Veil & Yosemite Falls have almost no water in them but Vernal & Nevada & Ill[illegible] are beautiful. We go through to [illegible] this afternoon & enter Los Angeles & so on to St. Louis. We enjoyed very much our stay at your house & were very glad to meet your wife & daughter. Some day we hope to have the pleasure of seeing you in Philadelphia but you probably know T[illegible]d Park & B[illegible]s Garden where our [illegible] [illegible] are to be found - Oh! by the way, some time [in?] July if this [illegible], a young man [died in the saddle?] a [illegible] of the excursions in the Yosemite Valley - his family have sent some of his [illegible] to [illegible] [illegible] of [illegible] library in the Big Tree Room at the Sentinel Hotel - Among them I [found?] your "Mountains of California"-
The dust along the way [illegible] something [illegible] it was an amusing sight when we met the [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] hundred knights Templar & their families. You may [illegible] imagine what a gri[illegible] [illegible] they had - Captain Smith of the Siberia & [illegible] [illegible] were in the [back seat?] [illegible] [illegible] of the w[illegible] & he was so grey & dirty that I could hardly recognize him-
Will you remember us most kindly to your wife & "[locomotive?]" daughter, & thanking you for your hospitality I am
Yours very sincerely
1428 Spruce [St?]
I know Uncle Sam; he's a great old man;
He lives in this big round world;
He always wins; he does what he can;
His banner is never furled.
If he wants a rope, he soon gets that,
It's made of the Manila brand.
He gives fifty millions for his Panama hat,
Just the thing for that heated land.
Being hungry one day, the Sandwich Isles
Soon gave the old man a meal;
From California not a few miles
He goes to Alaska for seal.
He's very fond of Washington--
The man who couldn't lie;
The latter's face--it always won--
Takes letters from Shanghai.
In short, your Uncle is a great old man,
To match him is hard to do;
All his enemies from him ran
And for peace were forced to sue.
Edward J. Bell.
Glacier Point, [Yosemite]
1904 Sep 03
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.
Bell, Emily, "Letter from Emily Bell to John Muir, 1904 Sep 3." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2864.
Reel 14, Image 0518
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