00803 July 24, 1878 Alhambra 24/778Friend Muir Poison Switch must be heard-centre of the d[illegible] Serth gardens, those delightful places where exuberant nature exhausts itself on the mountain [illegible] & Sage brush. However it is consoling to know that your ideality can smooth over the barren torridness of that region, raising only the beauty of nature upon [illegible] points. As for the fine bri[illegible] flavor of Nevada prunes, when I see before me juicy luxious peaches jackeled with cream & sugar I am a little doubtful about a [illegible] that could continually prefer
the [ bitterness?] to the smoother loveliness about the habitations of men. At any rate I [illegible] risk the trial an send you some speci mens of high culture, [illegible] it [illegible] I for the fact that California Peaches are apt to resent the slightest delay in appreciation; but later, in grape season if you should be near the R.R. let me know and I will mail a package of best Tokays and A[illegible] an[illegible] for your fore judgment I hope the [illegible] [illegible] won’t get your [illegible] nor the t[illegible] days with icy cold nights [illegible] [illegible] [illegible-gones to be [illegible] upon by the Rhumeties, but will spare your activity for [illegible] until a more [illegible] soil will allow thebringing forth of commen[illegible]ate fo[illegible[ Write us often to remove our anxiety [illegible] your [illegible] state for our imagination can picture only [illegible], [illegible] “S[illegible] and [illegible] Indians as accomp[illegible]ments of that period [illegible] desert encircling you Truly yours [ J Strentze?] ]
1878 Jul 24
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.
Strentzel, John, "Letter from J[ohn] Strentzel to John Muir, 1878 Jul 24." (1878). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 434.
Reel 03, Image 0860
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