John Muir


John Muir


Emily [O. Pelton]


23 ‘81 just after the birth of Wanda his eldest child

Martinez, March 28.

Dear Emily,

Our little one has come to us & we are all very happy mother father grandmother & grandfather. She was born three days ago, coming in the warm Sundays of the springtime with the full bloom of the fields & orchards & the singing of the birds. Heaven bless the small darling & make all her life as happy as the promise from every quarter is now. She is a tiny happy healthy dantily-featured lassie, cheecks & chin nose & mouth & brow as finely modeled & composed

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as if she were in her ripe rosy teens, & she looks about her with her bright blue eyes as if eager to know what kind of world she had arrived in. After a little you must come & see us in our quiet home. I was glad to hear from you after so long a silence I supposed you had vanished with your Carr cousin among the Couifers of Washington. I hope however that you will enjoy your old employment & friends in Yuba County. Remember me to the Knoxes & tell them that I will gladly give their scholars that lecture

we spoke of long ago whenever I have the time & good fortune to find myself at Brownsville. Remember me also to your friends in Strawberry Valley at whose house I spent so pleasant a time years ago. Let me hear from you often & believe me ever truly your friend

John Muir.


Martinez, [Calif]


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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Reel 04, Image 0462

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