really forming their acquaintance is concerned. They are so near us that I can enjoy their company even when I do not feel like walking far. I am moreover recoverring some of my forgotten knowledge of Botany, M. does the reading and I follow along as well as I can. If I ever have the full use of my eyes again I am determined to pursue this study for I love it more than ever. I must not omit mentioning the glorious boatrides while I enjoy nearly every pleasant day. All is well you see and the change is doing me good
[in margin: [illegible] and [illegible]-sist upon my staying here until you come I think that is doubtful however but we are all looking forward to your home coming very eagerly. Farewell, Joanna]
Phillips Wis. May 31, 79.
Your good little letter with its dainty moss was forwarded to me here, Letters from you are always refreshing. I’m glad your cold feet season is so nearly closed, I do not wonder that so great a change from pure mountain air to heated rooms
does not agree with you. I saw the little poem in Scribner, dedicated to you, and wondered if the lady was an ac- quaintance of yours or on ly an admirer of your writings. You are certain ly becoming very famous my brother and who can tell what future you shall unfold. I have not seen the Sec Gordens yet but [underlined: shall] soon. I have been here with Mary and Willis more
than a month and am enjoying myself more than I had ever anticipated, for I cannot tell you how precious these wild and [illegible], [illegible] prolific of darling little flowers which I have never seen before, of luxurious mosses and beautiful ferns, are to me, the noble old pines, the hemlocks and the graceful balsms and spruces too, are all new to me so far as
1879 May 31
Original letter dimensions: 15 x 24.5 cm.
Muir, Joanna, "Letter from Joanna [Muir] to John Muir, 1879 May 31." (1879). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 484.
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