[Louie] Muir et al.
2705 HEARST AVENUE, BERKELEY, CAL.
ADVISORY ARCHITECT TO PARK COMMISSIONS,
MUNICIPALITIES AND CEMETERY ASSOCIATIONS
April 18th. , 1905.
Dear Mrs. Muir , dear dwellers in Alhambra,
I hear the voice of our Vesper-Bell , the hundred-years-and-more cowbell in our belfry as I gratefully repeat the words
7/Be yee all of one mind , have compassion one of another love of brethern , be pityfull , be courteous and then , honestly , proclaim, Ike the good wife " they are too good to us " . For I no longer believe in " luck " and " happenings " . I know it was decreed that you should packed these golden fruit when we eat the very last of your former lot , that you should arrive with them here when the calender reg istred one more of my birthdays , and when another friend , likewise informed by Him arrived in the mail with a precious book of Robert Louis Stevenso n's wisdom .
This la the [illegible] time of our lives that we have oranges " to eat".well do I remember my childhood days ( ere the St. Gotthardt tunnel was bored, and oranges were rarities ) when a better-off neighbor now and again sent a few oranges to our table ; I do not recollect that "we" ever bought any . I got to feel that oranges were the devil's fruit , too good to lndul ge in , made only to tempt ,to lure the man from the northland to the effeminating fields of a sunland . - But times have changed , and I have learned to bless the bough even of an orange . Blessed are you who can give to such appreciative givers . And blessed are we who can pass on such golden showers . not that we wish to report whose smiles have reflected in the mirrors of gold $ dream about it . and know not all . - But if yon generous people yish to have a 'golden text , then turn to the ideal of hospitality as given in second Kings 4, 8 & 10 . and supplement it with the reading of a man who wrote about the sequoias and ,"turning in thither" tells how the ranch-hand and hermit invited him to " chaw" apples while he had the nightmeal under way . You than have my picture of hospitality and friend ship.
To tell you how we are getting along , is done with three words : The good wife is again making herself a dress. If I am well enough to give her time and peace of mind for that , let us all say with the Shunammite wife " It is all well " . The thrush, today, sings herirst note hereabouts
1905 Apr 18
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Hansen, Georeg, "Letter from Geo[reg] Hansen to [Louie] Muir et al., 1905 Apr 18." (1905). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3316.
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