Helen S. Wright


Helen S. Wright


John Muir


Normal School. San Jose, Cal. May 8, 1878.

Dear Mr. Muir,

You were very kind to send the specimens – they are giving me much pleasure. All are new to me except the Pellaea, which was sent to us last year from [ Plumas Co.?] The Botrychium is a little treasure. I see it is set down to your credit in the list of Cal. ferus. The Cassiope and some of the Gentians must be very beautiful when growing. I am sorry to have so little time for the flowers this spring. Work with them is my recreation; very truly so, in the best sense of the word. I have run off to the hills when I grew tired of people, with

their perversities and whims, and of self as well, and in the society of the birds and flowers and the great mountains have felt that I drew nearer to God, and gained new strength of spirit, and a more patient sympathy for those with whom I have to deal. All the family are well, Mr. Allen away again for the week. [in margin: 217] Little Dora is growing daily in grace (of the baby kind); and your favorite, Hattie, is as truly good as ever. May we not hope to see you again before you plunge into the long silence of your Humboldt trip? A single day, if you could spare no more, would be greatly prized by your friends here. Very sincerely yours, Helen S. Wright.



San Jose, Cal.

Date Original

1878 May 8


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0818

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