Helen [Muir Funk]
Martinez, CaliforniaDecember 3rd, 1914Dear Helen:I was glad to see by your letter of the twenty-fourth of last month that you are as merry and happy as ever and all goes well. The only thing that seems to trouble you at all is my long delayed visit. Since the weather has at last broken and the melancholy mud has come and the coughs-and colds common to this part of the glorious climate of California my visit threatens to be still longer delayed, possibly till next spring. I have a very comfortable bed and plenty of firewood, have got electric light now in the house and everything has been put in comparative order. From my den I have made a passage through into your room and lined the walls with shelving and made it into a library. It looks fine. Have also had the floors both upstairs and down painted, good matting laid on the halls and another set of portieres put in place of those that you have. I have also planted a good deal in the garden and want to plant more this winter. The roads I have
covered with macadam and soon, I think, it will make a very pleasant place for you to spend a month or two in fruit time.I am feeling pretty well but find that I take a little cold every time I venture down to the city, and I really dread the long ride to Daggett and fancy that by being very careful I may get through the winter here without grippe. Still if a block of very good weather should come I may venture to make a comparatively short visit for everything goes to rack and ruin up here whenever I am absent for a few months, and as you know all my books are up here and moving them seems like a desperately hard job. I have already got the book in rough shape but it will not be finished before spring. It is too bad that when there are only three of us that we should necessarily live apart. There is no one in the house but myself. If I could only have you and Wanda as in the lang syne it would be lovely. But such thoughts and backward looks are all in vain in family arrangements. Wanda's four children are all well. Ione had a baby the other dayin the Oakland hospital. Wanda was with her, the beginning of another happy family of boys. Write soon and tell me what you think of this scrawl.Ever your devoted father,[illegible]
1914 Dec 3
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Helen [Muir Funk], 1914 Dec 3." (1914). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6686.
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