Dear Papa -
I have just received your two letters written after receiving mine of the 22nd. Im so sorry it has worried you so - thinking I was going to be exposed to Grippe microbes, but by now you have surely received my letter telling you she was going away. Miss B. leaves tonight on No. 7 and all is well with us. It made me just as angry as it did you, to have her be so "nervey"
and invite her friend to visit her in the Van Dyke's house. They were as good and kind about it as they have been about us all, and she took advantage of their goodness. When I paid her the twenty dollars I had, I was going to tell her I didnt need her any longer but she was anxious about her sick mother and told me she wanted to go. I am very glad she is going. She has been good enough but -
As I said, we are all right
here, and Im so happy to know you are better. I was afraid you were worse than you would tell me, but I could do nothing, save get stronger and better everyday. Are you alone in the big house? How is Wanda? If you could only be here to breathe this glorious desert air you would all get well. For the last three days we have had the most beautiful weather - dry and sunshiney, the thermometer at 75° and 80° in the afternoon. I have enjoyed it so, and am
getting sunburnt. There is no place like the desert.
If only you didnt have to worry so about me - know that I am steadily gaining and am constantly getting ahead toward health. Take care of yourself and come back to the desert when you can.
Always lovingly yours
2419 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, is Miss Brodt's address. Her initials are W. B. Brodt.
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.
Muir, Helen, "Letter from Helen [Muir] to [John Muir], [1908 Feb ?]." (1908). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5290.
Reel 17, Image 0235
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