Rancho Chico, April 8, 1881.
My Dear Muir,
When in San F. early in last month I inquired of Mr Upham about you, not knowing whether you had already migrated towards the Sierras, or Alaskan glaciers and ice-bergs, or were still [illegible] in less frigid climes! Upham gave me some su[illegible]sings which, when in Martinez a few days subsequently, caused me to inquire for you, but not to dare a nearer approach to the sacred precincts even if I had time, which I had not. We have often mentioned you
and mixed possibilities and wishes and probabilities, and among them most prominent a visit from you and your other self. But!!! from reliable information we do not now expect you both – all, I should say – quite so soon! but when will it be? Please do not delay too long. You have our sincere congratulations. But look out, when spring opens, it may take flight. Watch carefully its early years, and if found missing look for it in the direction of Alaska or other thrillingly wild and beautiful regions. Till I learn more, will forbear to instruct further. So good bye, and believe me always
very Truly yours John Bidwell
Rancho Chico, [Calif]
1881 Apr 8
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.
Bidwell, John, "Letter from John Bidwell to John Muir, 1881 Apr 8." (1881). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 624.
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