[Annie ] Bidwell
Martinez, Dec. 19, 1901
Dear Mrs Bidwell,
It is delightful to see your handwriting once more & read your messages. Our Heavenly Father be praised my dear friend that you have been led through so great & manifold trials with strength renewed, fresh in heart with sympathies as quick & farreaching as when first we met long years ago with your noble husband & sister, Sir Joseph & blessed Asa Gray & his wife. Ive wandered far since then through forests & moutains on both sides of the Continent but to none of my excursions do I look back with dearer happier remembrances than
to our fruitful eventful Shasta trip. I think I told you of my visit to Sir Joseph at Sunningdale & how fondly he recalled our blessed Shasta Camping excursion as we sat on a little hill overlooking London. Also my visit to Mrs Gray at Cambridge a few years ago when the Shasta days were brought back with loving memories of you all. I must try to write that story, & the lonely sail down the Sacramento on the little sugar-pine snag-jumper which was about as exciting at times as my rushing ride down the Yosemite muontain slope on an avalanche. And now you have brought us all together again in the streets of your pretty town - This is a delightful way to keep our memories green.
I thank you for your kind invitation to Rancho Chico & I must try to manage the trip somehow ere long, perhaps with Wanda & Helen. Mrs Muir has not been able to travel far for several years on account of rheumatism but the girls can go anywhere. I took them to the high Sierra back of Yosemite last summer. This was their first taste of pure mountain wildness & their joy was delightful to see. They are capital travellers & took naturally to mountaineering - climbnig scrambling jumping - thinking nothing of walking 25 or 30 rock miles a day. I want them to know you, & I'm sure you will love them. Wanda is attending the State University, Helen, the baby who is 15 years old has not yet made up her mind as to the University. She is my companion & I let them both do as they like, they are so good. Your minister Mr White who loves humanity
& God's wildness, I'm sure I'll like Tell him he should join the Sierra Club & spend his vacations in reviving communion with the mountains. Please give me Sally's address I want to send her a copy of my new book. I think both she & her husband will like it, for they liked the other one I wrote. I must not weary you therefore now Good bye, our
Father bless you
Ever Your friend
Mrs Annie K. Bidwell
1901 Dec 19
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Annie ] Bidwell, 1901 Dec 19." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4506.
Reel 11, Image 0999
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