Emily O. Pelton


Emily O. Pelton


[John Muir]




I hope to make your wife’s acquaintance some time so why not introduce her to me in the way just mentioned. What has become of the book that was to come out last year! Mrs Jenks – “Aunt [illegible] asked me its title not long since and I could not tell her. The best of good wishes for you and yours from your sister Emily O [Pelton?]. Mrs Drake from Strawberry sends congratulations with your Bolinas friends. I have not heard from Aunt Sena since writing her you were to be married. It will be quite a surprise to her.


Bolinas [Main?] Co Cal April 29th, 1880

Dear Brother John

I was reminded today by the receipt of a nice package of cake and flowers for which remembrance many thanks, that you had been married two weeks, and I now think that you can bestow a few moments from your “honeymoon upon one of your old friends”. So I am going to have a one-sided chat with you. Firstly [then?] My heartiest congratulations for yourself and bride.

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Long may you live to enjoy the richest of Heavens blessings. You quite surprised me in the dispatch made in making yourself a married man. though I was looking for the news in your Last, sooner or later. I was sorry not to see you when I was in the city the first of April. I can hardly think I was so unsettled in my mind as to write you that I was coming to F[illegible] the week you looked for me which was spent in B’ville. I arrived in Oakland the 31st of Mar. and spent one day at Mr Gibsons leaving the 3d Apr. But it is not to be wondered


that you should get things confused about that time. No doubt that the days did rush by in a strange manner and if your friend [Brown?] will excuse you for sending him out to 1827 [Market?] Street on a fruitless errand — why I am willing. But I have not quite forgiven you for not letting me see nor hear from you in all that time and don’t believe I shall till that picture of yours comes with one of Mrs J Muir. though I hardly dare hope for the latter but should appreciate it much more than the one you sent me last – and prize it too.


Bolinas, Marin Co., Cal.

Date Original

1880 Apr 29


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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