Emily Bell


Emily Bell


John Muir



of the railway at once which runs through your place & wondered if it was disturbed. All our people have sent money & clothing through the different channels & those of us who have been in San Francisco feel [illegible]bly sympathetic.
Please give our kindest regards to the daughter we know & hoping that all is well with you I am

Yours very sincerely

Emily Bell

1428 Spruce St

Phil'- 5 May 1906

[in margin: 389]

[1] May 5, 1906

My dear Mr. Muir:-

We have read with anxious interest the terrible accounts of the San Francisco earthquake & we hope that no harm was done to your belongings. Some Phil'- friends who have been spending the winter at Santa Barbara have sent me some post cards of the ruined buildings & [we?] [illegible] with the San Francisco



over their shattered city. [illegible] friends escaped [from?] [illegible] small hotel near the St. Francis where they [illegible] entirely out of the reach of the fire & they are thankful to be alive, but they lost all their possessions. Our cousin Fred. [illegible] who has recently been [given?] the Ch[illegible] of music at Berkeley is [illegible]ed at the loss of his fine symphony orchestra as most of its [illegible]were from the East & [illegible] [illegible] & in many cases their instruments gone, they have returned to their various [illegible]s to start life afresh. It seems


terrible to think of the loss at the Stanford University & I suppose the [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] it as it was [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] the quake. We shall be very glad to hear from you & we hope that you are all well.
We have just had the annual dinner of our Geographical Society & among our guests was Mrs. [illegible]all, the archaeologist, who is a California woman with all her business interests in San Francisco. She had heard nothing about her affairs but was prepared to find her [income?] [absolutely?] cut off. I thought


Philadelphia [Pa.]

Date Original

1906 May 5


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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