Louie [Strentzel Muir]
[in margin: 880]
Sept 1st, 1895
We all are thankful that you sent a telegram at once instead of waiting to write when you reached the Valley.
We cannot help thinking about those dreadful rattlesnakes, and even Helen thinks "there are too many Bears in the mountains."
Both children are perfectly well, and mother is much better, but she has not yet dared to go to ride. The weather has been extremely cool here for several days, the nights are really cold with heavy dew, a great relief after so many hot days, so I suppose the grapes will ripen more slowly. There will be a few boxes of Rose Peru for
the next steamer, but no other fruit and the late grapes will not be ready for 3 or 4 weeks yet, so that there is nothing about the ranch that need hurry you away from the mountains as the Chinamen are making boxes & attending to the squirrels.
The prunes are extra nice, & we have now the most delicious clingstone peaches I ever tasted. The vegetable garden also is a success, much to the satisfaction of the children! lots of fine corn, beans, watermelons, ect.
The assistant girl was not a success & read novels at night so we hurried her away, but as mother is better, we do not now feel uneasy at night. We have cold supper and so do not make any fire after noon.
I have just seen in the Oakland paper that Ina Coolbrith is well again.
I hope that you are writing many notes for your Yosemite book, selecting illustrations after your own mind, and also preparing glacier and Sequoia studies for any book.
Old Mr. Firth is waiting to go to Martinez so I had better send this now, and write again.
Let us hear as often as possible from you
1895 Sep 1
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.
Muir, Louie Strentzel, "Letter from Louie [Strentzel Muir] to John Muir, 1895 Sep 1." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3134.
Reel 08, Image 1153
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