[Ludlow] & Abby H. Patton


John Muir



[in margin: No 6, Wall street is our address]

Palace Hotel.
San Francisco, Oct 5th 1879.

[Friend?] Muir,

The last rays of the setting sun are shinging in to our window at the Palace and perhaps it is the last sunset we shall ever see in this city of the Golden Gate. I could not think of leaving the Pacific Coast without saying good bye to you who so much love all the world about here. California you may say has made you, and you in return have made California and you are both richer for having made each other. You will preside in staying up among the great glaciers and ice fields of the Sticheen, and cant come down to the level of common folks who have only sand lots, lone mountains and golden gates 00867


Mrs [Marie?] Mason received your grasshopper autograph along with your own and wrote of you in such terms that would make your eyes look bright, and heart throb more [illegible], could you read what she [deleted: wrote]- has written = Long may you live & climb mountains and


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to look at. Oh yes I forget we have had a great General and expresident and great American traveler for a week and a city full of red, white and blue flags floating from hill top to hill top. We have not known such an oration or so much p[illegible]tion since we sent our best bl[illegible] of the north to west out the accursed slavery Talk of atonement, who ever knew a more fearful atoning for sin than that our nation North and South East and West passed through in the great Rebellion. Mr Patton and I were among the enthusiastic to welcome General Grant. Now we are going in the morning to [star?] command. Stopping at Salt Lake City, Denver – Le[illegible]ville – St Louis & other points on the way to New York. We have read of you in the Bulletin and heard of you through Dr & Mrs Kendall. By the way how you enjoy little hils at the Missionaries. Hope they or the Indians wont kill you – Do write us and do come to New York and be [lionized?] a while

[in margin: Your old friends and fellow [illegible] [passengers?][illegible] Mrs [Patton?]]

[in margin: 73]


to teach other people how to love them. When you come to see us we will sit on a blanket and sing [illegible] Buns songs while you give us the [illegible] [illegible] Scotch [accent?]. I write to say more [illegible] have you to se[illegible] Mr Patton and my love and [illegible] you I bless the day that our eyes saw you and the glories of Alaska.

[in margin: your friend Abby [H. Patton?]]


Palace Hotel, San Francisco, [Calif]

Date Original

1879 Oct 5


Original letter dimensions: 22 x 14 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 1154

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