Mary [Muir Hand]
Martinez Contra Costa County Cal. Dec 20, 1880.My dear Sister Mary,I am so glad to know that your little man-boy is prospering so well & that he is already giving evidence of prodigious talent Geology, did you say! & botany! Well you cannot , I think I might venture to say, be quite sure as to the ologies as yet, but he will no doubt have more than ordinary talent & living in a fresh wild country he will be pretty sure to be healthy. I am coming to see you my lassie & all those sketchesthat you have been making since last I saw you, just as soon as the good Lord will let me away from my studies & my new duties. In the meantime we expect a long visit from a relative of the family that will no doubt claim a good deal of my time, & this in addition to my writing will make it impossible to come to you this year. That exacting relative has no name as yet. I mean a baby who is to appear in a month or two. If I have forgotten to answer your husbands letter I am very sorry
I usually answer all home letters as soon as they come to hand because they are so very numerous I am unable to remember whether or no they receive a reply ere they are laid away. How delightful it is to think of you & Joanna so near, &, lovers of Nature as you both so keenly are, in so wild & so beautiful a region. I only wish that I could see you both every day & give you the benefit or the burden of one of my long talks. You know that though far from fluent I always was an inveterate speaker, & I grow worse & worse as I grow older. It must be hard for Maggie in her poor health to begin home making afresh so far from Sarah & mother & all of you save Dan. Still she will I devoutly hope become accustomed to the change without much suffering. Away & away you all we all are flying like winged seeds, & taking root far apart. Heaven bless us all & keep us close together in eternal family love. With Lou’s kindest regard I am every cordially & lovingly your brotherJohn MuirRemember me to Mr Hand & to Mr Brown I look forward with great pleasure to the time [in margin: when I shall make their acquaintance.]
1880 Dec 20
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Mary [Muir Hand], 1880 Dec 20." (1880). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 598.
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