E. Slaltan




[E Slaltan]


Cache Creek May 2, 1859 My dear friend, Your kind letter came to hand & was sorry to learn that you had been sick but happy to hear that your usual health has returned. It has been estremely dry here this season. Or rather during the spring until to day. [then] has been quite a rain & also, great, preparations have been made for may day. As the schools were all to meet near Cache Ville to have a picture but [ ] many were disapointed, the rain much better as the [grapes] was nearly dry & also the grain was very short. Some thing of moving away: as this has been the third dry season: same day that we are, neither just, or unjust, as it rains all around. Saffona is at Nevada. She was very well. We escpect her home in a few weeks. We had a letter from Emma some days ago: they were all well. They say Etta can almost say GrandMa & runs all round & gets many presents. Mr. Read wrote to me that Emma would [ ] Etta & then said that he did believe that she was the sweetest child that ever was born. How easy it is to see the faults of others but to look at our own is not so easy it is much easier to see the beam than to pick out the mate. Emma says they will have fruit this season. I want to go there if possible I wish you could make us a visit. I would love to see you very much & converse with you & to learn your feelings during your illness. I have often thought of your feelings last summer & have wondered if your feeling was the same during your sickness, how strongly the mind differs to some, it is so delightful & to others. How very solemn the thought to be [ushered] in the unknown world & ho strange & mysterious that so many commit suicide & wish into the presence of their creator unprepared & uncalled. The is a Lady living on was a short time ago that has been confined to her bed a great many years. Her sisters & parents died & left her helpless on the bed & she suffers very much. It said all the time & when asked if she was not tired of life she said not, it was sweet to hear. Her narrative is truly interesting. Many have become so interested in her that they are going to visit her. How very much I would love to see her. If those flying machines was in use that Mr. [Brian] was speaking of I think I could use [one]. May 5 I again, resume, my pen to write they had the May party registered [ ] but I was not there as it was [9] miles from here. I presume you had one them I think. Miss Louisa is very mature for one so young. Her letter was very interesting. She gains knowledge very rapidly, it she uses it wisely, she will be very useful. When I look back to her age it seems to me, I know scarcely nothing, but if the opportunitys had been as good as now.. it would have been very different. There was a lady out here from the City a few days ago. She had a little girl with her about 2 years old, a lovely, sweet child. Her mother died a short time ago. She was only 22 years of age + had ever thing they could wish. The child seems to have a sad look but is very beautiful but I must bring this to a close hoping you are all well + doing good. I have the mind that was in Christ. May his choice blessing rest upon you all much love to all. Hoping to hear from you soon. Excuse the mistakes. Your Aff. Friend E Slaltan


Cache Creek, CA

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1859 May 2 E Slaltan

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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