Anne W. Cheney


Anne W. Cheney


John Muir



return till the first of May, fathers health does not allow him to remain in our cold & miserable climate; I had hoped to go to Cala. this fall more particularly since my dear friend Miss Bakefield has returned, but it is so far away, we do not feel like leaving part of our family behind, & as Harry is in business, & Lu & Rob at school, it is impossible for them to go with us. I wish you could meet Miss Bakefield, for I know you would like her,



Home Friday Jan. 1st 1875

My dear Mr. Muir

So long a time has gone by since I last wrote you, that I really cannot remember when it was, but do not think it was because I had for- gotten my Cala. friends, that is hardly my way of doing things; but with every year, as my brothers & sister grow older there are more demands made upon me as a housekeeper & a [ hostess?], & when I have entertained a houseful of young girls & boys,

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delightful evenings at the opera, which will last me for a long time, for you know music is my one aim & desire in life, & when I can listen to it, all else passes out of my mind, & I seem to be in another world. Our weather during the past few days has been cold enough for a Laplander & father & I are hurrying to get off to Florida to escape as much of it as we can; we shall start about the middle of this month, & not


seen that their stomachs are well filled, & their time pleasantly occupied, what time or inclination have I to write more than the [illegible]est notes to my friends,? & I try & like to give you mine. My only vacation since last August was a week or two in Boston just be- fore the holidays & it could hardly be called a vacation for I had so much Christmas shopping to do that I did not rest at all; however to pay for that, I had seven

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she is very bright 7 in- tellegient, & not a bit of a fashionable woman, to frighten you, or make you feel ill at ease, she talks so well, & is so in- trested in everything that is worth being interested in I know you will like her. I have not heard from her since she went [ but?] but think she is at the Occidental Hotel with her brother-in law Mr. L. L. Baker, Mrs. Baker has just died, & she is taking care of the little boy, she is going to marry Mr.

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Clinton Day of Oakland some time I believe – she knows about you from me, & wants to meet you. I have only written you a gossipy letter after all, but what else can you expect, when I have been too busy for six months, to have a serious thought. I hope my southern trip will give me a little rest but I rather doubt it, for many friends & aquain- tances are going too,


& I shall probably be in as much of a [illegible] as ever. When you do come east in your rambles, you must of course come to us for a time at least, we will try to keep the world away in order to devote our- selves to you, only give us warning – [ With?] a “Happy pen [illegible]” wherever you are, I am very truly your friend Anne W. Cheney


[New York ?]

Date Original

1875 Jan 1


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0251

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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