John Muir


John Muir


[Annie] Wanda & Helen [Muir]



Portage Wisconsin

June 11, 1896.

Dear Wanda & Helen.

This is a charming summer day. So many trees, - Oaks Elms Maples,_ are planted in Portage it looks like a forest & the sun beams are pouring through the gree & uellow leaves & the birds are singing. It is all delightful. I saw two scarlet tanagers this morning red as illegible] fire, & more robins than I could count getting breakfast on a mulberry tree before the door They are tame because they are not disturbed by cats or dogs or guns. Four robins on the lawn were within 5 steps of my feet as I sat on the veranda. The tanagers are so red I think they would frighten California cats. It is just noon, & bells & whistles are making a jangling noise riduculously big for so

little a town. Joanna's babies are growing fast & I think you would like them. I gave them money to buy candy & told them to be sure to eat it all & they marched down town right merrilly.
Helen, Marys girl is just about Your age, Helen & is very bright You would both like her also. She is a [great?] fence & post climber, for there are no trees to climb in Kearney. I hope you are not neglecting your lessons nor the garden. & that you are careful in carrying candles. I hope to write you another letter soon when I am not so dull as now The cats no doubt are well - Have you got a dog yet?

Ever Your father

John Muir


Portage, Wisconsin

Date Original

1896 Jun 11


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 09, Image 0184

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