Alhambra 8/2 79.
Since you left us, I too have had my share of “the blues” of the deepest dye, my mind running upon last wills & testaments [illegible]- but after a patient trial of the hygienie agency of calorie with liberal doses of oat brose for sustenance, the overburdened lungs have resumed their normal action so far as their abnormal state will permit. How I might have fared if left down in the midst
of that smoky conglomeration of dwelling boses with its facilities of drug-shops and doctors is quite another thing. – So I say a poor place you are in for con[illegible]ting snaps & cookies from mountain meal & Sequoia Sugar. Nothing short of some square miles of Kitchen with unlimited brose garden can keep up your culinary g[illegible] in perfection – but as your apprenticeship can not yet be broken, next best, your bodily demand shall be con- fronted with a [illegible] of spicy “Ne[illegible].” We are exceedingly glad to hear of your little Helen’s Sweet recovery, as so many precious flowers have recently cruelly been re- moved from the reach of
loving friends. Our Alhambra hills look yet ashy – nearly every morning a white mantle covers the [ unrightiness?] of the Valley – but the efforts of sunshine begin to get recognized and if that long wished for voice comes down, by the end of the month the heights will be covered with gladness, with confidence of a new round of life – so P[illegible] you will not fail to come over and study nature under the aspect of resurrection from the glacial cover unto the budding [illegible] of Life All are well & remember you Kindly. Truly yrs J Strentzel
1879 Aug 2
Original letter dimensions: 41 x 21.5 cm.
Strentzel, John, "Letter from J[ohn] Strentzel to John Muir, 1879 Aug 2." (1879). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 497.
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