Dear Mr Muir
It is almost time to send you Christmas greeting. That I will defer tho [All?] I can attach, a sprig of Holly! We've had our first flurry of snow today. It is a delight to have this a true heavenly sign of this Christmas season. Shops, people presents seem so very expressive of the earthly
& material world!
If you could know what joy your books brought to the little bride & her good scotch groom you would indeed be happy too! "The Mountains of California" I saved to give Dorothea Draper who is to be married on December 15th. She was delighted with your message & my thought & said "dear Mr Muir, he was quite the first & most wonderful man on our Alaska trip". And it didn't take long for me to agree with the [sentiment?]! Word comes
from Mother from Paris with prospects of a little visit in Florence before she sets sail again for Egypt. Yes, happy are the wanderers! Hows your Hetch Hetchy valley being protected now. Certainly much sentiment here expressed is in its favor. Don't think on it too much for we want your gift - your books! With devoted love & hoping to hear soon again
Original letter dimensions: 22 x 14 cm.
Averell, Betty, "Letter from Betty Averell to John Muir,  Dec 8." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4181.
Reel 21, Image 1048
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