Sept 17th 1895
Your envelope with its most interesting looking papers was received this afternoon just as Mrs. Ballard & I were taking the cars for this place--Mrs. B is already deep in the "Sequoia," & when this is posted I shall have the "Alaska" sheet, & must thank you for them all. I really feared you might forget your promise.
We came here for the mines--in the morning shall drive but to the "Stamp Mills" & to Nevada City in the afternoon. Next day expect to see something of hydraulic mining at Bloomfield, & on Friday return to "Colfax" & our boarding place at Lander Station. Mr. Howells has a nice fruit ranch on one of the red, rolling hills of this part of
the country, from the piazza on a clear day we have a view of the Sacramento river & Coast [Range?] beyond--the hills beyond Ma[illegible] a little farther north & still farther northeast Cape Horn & "Giant Gap" From the hill back of our cottage a long [range?] of distant mountains & bits of the snowy summits of the Sierras, the [intervening?] country dense forests of pine & oak, not far distant a small group of half a dozen "Sequoia," if you have not already explored this part of the world, why don't you come up & find these "Big Trees." [Mr.?] Howell's is a little comfortable place; he & Mrs. H. are busy about their fruit all day, no one else in the house but Miss Ballard, myself, & the Chinaman. we expect to be there a few weeks longer, & then return to Oakland, where we shall certainly help to have the pleasure of seeing you. Yrs truly
Grass Valley, Calif
1895 Sep 17
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.
Hunt, T., "Letter from T. Hunt to John Muir, 1895 Sep 17." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3139.
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