John Muir


John Muir


Helen [Muir]


Home May 24, 1908Darling Helen.I'm so glad you are steadily growing better, cough - that dismal sound gone & side pains passing away. Wanda too getting better & beginning to get rid of miserable worry & care in the calm of the desert.Hetch Hetchy is safe for at least a generation or so & we hope forever. In the meantime S. F. is to have Lake Eleanor for a reservoi[r?] under many restrictions, & in no case is H.H. to be touched until Eleanor & Cherry Creek sources are developed to utmost capacity. Which will not be in our days.Yesterday & today north winds brought the first very hot weather of the season The garden is still glorious tho the roses are past prime except the sweetbria[r?] The geraniums make a most exuberant show with escholtzia, broom, calistemon sweet pea salvia etc. The big agave beside the Deodar is sending up a huge asparagus shoot to make lots of food and fuss for humming birds. The tall Arbor vitae is full of honeysuckle bloom almost to the top, & the Romneya thicket is like a snowbank. The trees all look fine & promise plenty of fruit, especially peaches. A lot of quails have been roosting in the big rose-clad pine, & I think at least one pair have a nest in it under the rose, & a pair of Orioles in the top branches. A pair of sickle-bill thrushes have been here all spring but I have not yet found their nest, & a few saucy English sparrows have their nests equally well concealed. I can't find Millie's nest either tho she now comes every morning for milk soon the family will be big enough to travel & she will bring them to me, for she likes me & is now as tame as old Tom.Last Wednesday I had breakfast before six, & the engineers of a long west bound freight seemed, as they were crossing the viaduct, to think you had got back home, I suppose from seeing the smoke of my fire. Anyhow they toowhit-toowhooed & cockadoodledooed almost all the way from station to tunnelTake good care of poor Wanda & try to make her forget ranches ranching & moneymaking & be her own dear self again.Ever affectionatelyyour father John Muir


[Martinez, Calif.]

Date Original

1908 May 24


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Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 17, Image 0605

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