from the hearts of the [little?] bride and her good Scotch husband!
The books are all being bound in the wood-brown color - and this touch of your blessed outdoors! You havent written to me yet
[in margin: 9 East 44 Street
New York is my permanent address
letters are always such a joy to have [illegible] to know of you & yours [illegible] love
Dear Mr. Muir
Thankyou so much for [sending?] me your very lovely books with the [illegible] inscription which will I know bring quick response
or even told me that you would like one more letter - but here it is.
Just think I skipped away from big New York for two weeks & came down here to my little niece & sister to rest & play with them. The country is more to my liking than the city. Often I long for your wonder country where the hills are near, and the "hustle" less absorbing & demanding.
Mother sails for Egypt this next week, & Bill & I will be left to our own devices in N.Y. on a ninth floor apartment - Comparisons are severe aren't they! Do write to me soon
Original letter dimensions: 14.5 x 22 cm.
Averell, Betty, "Letter from Betty Averell to John Muir, [ca. 1913 Nov]." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4175.
Reel 21, Image 1022
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