John Muir


John Muir


[Helen & Wanda Muir]


Mays, Jan. 16, 1906.

Darlings, I got your letter (Helen's) yesterday evening which refreshed my heart.
Her is 30 apiece for you, express order. I began to think you might need a little money when your letter showed I was right. A heavy S.E. gale is blowing & with slight abatements has been for four days. 7 inches of rain has fallen & no sign of clearing. The eucalyptus trees are chanting & clapping their leafy hands gloriously, so are the farmers & merchants & most everybody save a few insane growlers who fear the floods will sweep all the land & life of the state to the sea & are praying deliverance from a wet death. Dont go near that quicksand river!!, & do I beseech you watch against taking colds & chills every minute. Dry toast your blankets every night & sleep in the cottage whenever there is the least hint of any sort of storm. Thus bravely you will fight your way to breezy life-giving summer.
I think that the cherry orchard had better be planted to muscat instead of Tokay

I think we can get fine rooted grafted vines from Frank Swett. We have no muscat & too many Tokay are being planted all over the state. I think I ought to be here while the estate is being settled & several lots one of them near the grangers wharf worth about $2000 are being bargained for. Still I may make a hurried trip to you & return within a week or so should I find a reasonably good opening.
Maggie is keeping wonderfully well these stormy days. Merriam has a sniffle cold, I'm keeping the fireside keeping warm & deploring our separation & my mental barrenness, reading & fidgeting but eating & sleeping fairly well - & ever turning fondly toward the buttes & coalbunkers were my heart darlings are so bravely fighting lifes battle- But here goes Arthur for Martinez & I must close with a Heaven bless you darlings.

John Muir


[Martinez, Calif.]

Date Original

1906 Jan 16


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 16, Image 0043

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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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