Annie K[ennedy] Bidwell


John Muir



loveliness when the fruit trees are in bloom, so you must come and see for yourself. I regret to have to say my sister leaves for Washington on Tuesday next., It is my purpose to go a day’s journey with her, that she may feel less lonely, (which of course she will if located for a day with me ere being left alone.) General suggest I stop at Lake Tahoe, but that is one of the questions. How pleas- ant if we could all visit “Kings river” as a camping party! But alas! As I am so busy today, and have written in such haste, having invited company to tea tonight, & having many calls to make this afternoon, you will pardon me for sending such a poor return for your good letter, but I prom- ise to make my next better! Wishing you every joy in your antici pated expedition, and a safe return.

[1] believe me, Very Sincerely Your friend Annie K. Bidwell Rancho Chico Oct. 13th 1877

Mr Muir. My dear friend. We were rejoiced last evening to receive such good news from you, as yours from Sacramento, of the 10th [ inst.?], contained. Glad of your pleasant and safe trip in that perilous little “Spoonbill”, or “Snag jumper”, the “make” of which filled us with apprehension lest it would [underlined: at least] drop you into the waters of the Sacramento. I think the “flag ship” deserved a fourth name; that of “acrobat”, since it proved itself such a dancer on, and over, snags, & brought you at last safely into port! We have been really anxious about your trip,

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and felt greatly relieved and grati- fied to learn how pleasantly you were spending the days which we feared were proving anything but agreeable. General predicted you would “cut across the country to the Rail road” if disgusted with “Spoonbill”, & the slow traveling. Sallie’s fear was “Snags”, and mine, so many days sitting in the hot sun. There is no comparison between walking in the sun, & sitting in its glare for days, on the water, hence my anxiety. But all ended pleasantly, & we congratulate you, & [underlined: ourselves], that it did, since our miserable carpenter made the boat, and also because of our regard for Mr John Muir! Many thanks for your charming letter, which


proved a real treat to us, from beginning to end, and made us ex- press the hope that the future would find us the recipients of others. We laughed and [underlined: cried] over the exploits of “Spoonbill”, and en- joyed the more instructive portions of the letter, equally, though not so merrily, of course. What a fine trip we did have in “The Sierras”! It is a constant pleasure to dwell on the scenes of grandeur & beauty there witnessed. Am glad you think pleasantly of our home, and dear Chico Creek, even if it has become so soiled by saw dust and mud. We shall hope to have the pleas- ure of shewing you Rancho Chico in winter. You have no idea of its



Rancho Chico, [Calif]

Date Original

1877 Oct 13


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 22.5 cm.

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