[Helen & Wanda Muir]
May's Jan. 3. 1906.
Darlings, I hope & pray you may have Heaven's best New Year- that Adamana frost & heat may work together only for good. The weather here is delightful [illegible] frost in the morning & calm clear days & nights. But I have not yet got much real business done. The deeds got her all right but the money has not yet been paid - will be probably in few days. Charlie's deed is made out but has not been sent you for signatures, which is fortunate as I had to change it somewhat, for Charlie is keen & smart & cunning & was trying to get more than bargained for. The deed will be sent you in a day or two. Have not yet been to Valona. The day I set for going there was rainy Will go soon & have written George to meet me. John Reid has bought Knerr's 2 acres on the flat & wants 2 or 3 more from us as I guessed but he wants none of the creek bank, [no?] waste land for him, only for you. He also is cunning. Maggie is better- was busy washing yesterday. David has bought
2 lots in Pacific Grove though he complained he was broke when settling with me & begged a few hundreds for sweet charity's sake. A queer poor [illegible], also cunning. I sent them a package of books. Pilgrim's Progress to Ette, Think of her joyful physiognomy on receiving the grand old story!!! [Arthur?] is expected home in 3 or 4 days. The cherry orchard by the adobe is all cleared & plowed, what do you want planted there, Bartlett pears or Tokay?
Your letter Wanda came yesterday & the Santa Fe [pass?] will probably arrive by today's mail. Everybody makes kind inquiries about you, & [illegible] & s[illegible]ver at mention of zero nights in [tents?] May wants the great Tomamana deed done in her home. It make me tremble more than zero weather of the Obi[illegible] Desert about the [coal bankers?]. I saw Mr Stoddart yesterday He anxiously inquired about your health Helen, I told him you looked perfectly well & cheerful & often laughed ringingly. He replied "Oh yes Helen always laughs" Heaven bless you darlings. Never for a moment forget to keep dry & warm, dry your blankets every day at the stove & [illegible] [marginalia]
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Helen & Wanda Muir], 1906 Jan 3." (1906). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3465.
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