Wanda Muir


[Wanda Muir]


[Louie Strentzel Muir]


Sunday Evening, Feb. 17 1901]
Berkeley, Cal.

Dear Mama:

This is Sunday afternoon and except for a little practicing, I haven't done anything all day but rest, which has been a decided change from what I have been doing all the rest of the week. This last week has been the liveliest and busiest one since I have been down here, but I've been having a perfectly beautiful time and intend to study this next week mostly, so don't think I'm getting too giddy....
Yesterday afternoon I went over to the City with Tallulah [Le Conte] and Margaret Henderson and saw Viola Allen in The Palace of the King and enjoyed it very much. She acts wonderfully and it is a delightful little play. In spite of the rain every seat in the house was taken, and there were a great many people who had to stand.
Friday evening I went over to Dr. Ritter's for dinner and had a very nice time. Mr. and Mrs. Keeler were there and a Mr. Barret who goes to college and I think boards there. Prof. Ritter has just returned from a trip to Washington and other parts of the east so he talked about his trip, and the Keelers told about their long one. Later Friday evening Edna and I went to Oakland and heard Hoffman and enjoyed the music so much that we didn't mind at all the fact that the rain just poured both while we were going and coming. Hoffman plays some kinds of music nearly as well as Paderewski (how do you spell it?) but when he plays very loud he pounds too much, but altogether it was glorious. I enclose a program and have marked the ones I liked best...
Tuesday evening was the party and Tuesday afternoon the [sorority] tea which I told you about before. The house looked very pretty decorated with violets and smila and there were a great many people here although it rained most of the time. I don't know what we would have done if it had been clear for the four hundred people who came simply packed the house. I poured chocolate and handed round cakes to most of them so I was very much aware of the largeness of the number. I wish you could have been here and seen it all. The next time we have anything of the kind you just must come.


I met Dr. Jepson at the tea and don't like him any better than I did before, although he has been quite amiable to me ever since. The Hittells did not come, but everyone else I knew did.
I enclose a scrap of the ribbon I wore Tuesday with my white dress. It exactly matched the color of the carnations and looks much better by gaslight than in the day time.



Berkeley, Calif.

Date Original

1900 Feb 17


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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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