Betty Averell


Betty Averell


John Muir


[2]visits. Do come East and let us renew [them?]. You will have to come East to reach the Amazon and coming halfway is even [better?] that no way at all!Soon the frolic architecture of snowy winter will be in [reins?], [once?] [illegible] we'll have all the butterflies and the bumblebees and the red buds on the maple trees to amuse you.[illegible] and I were so surprised[1]325 East AvenueRochester NYDear Mr Muir:-The western New York blizzards that we've been indulging in all winter tend to make us long more and more for the warmth of South American sunshine! You haven't forgotten our Amazon trip have you? I'm still heart and soul for it, and in no wise "agin" it!We miss you and our [dear?] California04967

[3]reading your recent Atlantic Monthly writings for it's a real joy to see through your eyes the wonder workings of the Sierra world.Dear Mr Muir don't you want to make this little Betty doubly happy by sending her a photograph of yourself? I'm to have a birthday soon and it would please me so to have one at the beginning of my thirtieth year.Did you know that Will is coming East to live and that Mother has been made a grandmother and I an Aunt? That was our Christmas surprise from my sister [Ruth?]. Mary Harriman Rumsey has been in Europe for two months and is returning to be present at the unveiling of a fountain at Goshen in memory of her father. The fountain was designed by her husband & is to be unveiled tomorrow on her father's birthday. All is well with the Harriman household. Now what more are

[4]you doing and writing?I shall wait patiently to hear and to read, and [even?] more hopefully to see you![illegible] much love in which Mother joins and belated thanks for your Christmas greetingAffectionatelyBetty AverellFebruary 24th04967


Rochester, N. Y.


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.

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