Chico, Nov 29, 1877
Dear Mr Muir
Your P. card dated “Sequoia Woods on Kings River, Oct 21st”, has just come by tonight’s mail! Must have gone via Shasta & Lassen to Mt Hood and back, or some other longer way round! By this time you must of course have returned to civilization. To write you fully, I have not time – to do justice to your in imitable letter from Sacramento (about a week after your departure) would be impossible! What did finally become of “Snag Jumper”? I never did before allow any man to leave Chico with quite so bad an out- fit! Supposing that you had directed my “naval constructor” just how to do, I gave the matter no thought whatever, and never saw the nondescript till
we reached the river! The very sight of it caused me go down into my boots- and I still go deeper and deeper every time I think of it! Mrs. Bidwell is very well, and we are rejoiced to hear from you. Miss Sallie left for the East Oct. 16th; visiting (by way of episode) Lake Tahoe and Virginia City and down to the 1900 foot level in the mines! Mrs Bidwell went as far on the way as Battle Mountain. Sister reached home safely of course – 1207 N Street, [ Washn?] D.C.. For days after your de- parture from Rancho Chico there was one thought uppermost – one unvarying question! [underlined: Where was Mr Muir]! No matter what question I asked, it would be answered by another, “Where do you think Mr Muir is?” “Am afraid he is drowned.” And the inquiries still go on with unabated anxiety. So you
will learn that you are not forgotten, nor soon likely to be at Rancho Chico – or Washington. Since your embarkation, we have made a good road to the river at a point lower down, but it is to be extended up to that famous point. Please let us have a few lines as soon as convenient, to assure us of your safety and whereabouts, and when we may expect to see you at Rancho Chico, - and believe me, Mrs Bidwell joining in warmest regards, ever and Very Truly Yours John Bidwell
John Muir Esq Scientific Explorer &c
1877 Nov 29
Original letter dimensions: 25 x 39 cm.
Bidwell, John, "Letter from John Bidwell to John Muir, 1877 Nov 29." (1877). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 387.
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