E. Slaltan


Louisa Stentzel


[E Slaltan]


Cache Creek Nov 18 1866 Miss Louisa My dear young friend your letter dated [ ] came to hand last evening. I presume you will think it was a long time a coming. But the post office is 3 miles from here & and we don’t get them every mail. I was very happy to hear from you. You can excuse me of scolding you in Ellens letters. I don’t remember doing so but try to avoid that in future. I was much surprised to find you such a beautiful writer for one so young it is [esctrordinary] good it is far better than many that are much older & had more advantages. If you are as good in your other studies, you will make a splendid scholar. Flora is better at every other study than writing. I often feel sorry for I think it is a beautiful accomplishment for a Lady. We had a letter from Emma a few days ago. She said that Etta had got to be mischevious. She was in the closet scooping out the pies & picking of the leaves of the geraniums. I will now write to your mother. My very dear friend How often I think of you & how very much I would love to see you & if I could only lay this pen ink away & step in to your house I could tell you many things that I cant so well put on paper. We went over to Meeting last Sunday to the [Burchery] school house. It is from 3 to 4 miles from here. The house was crowed so that many [stood] out & others stood up. There was one Lady there that couldn’t walk. They brought a chair with wheels on for her to sit on. She has a family of children & is a very pleasant looking Lady. Mrs Wilson the Lady I went to Martinez with has a little babe about 6 weeks old. She has had a hard time & is quite feeble at the time she laid by. Her brother with his wife & 3 children was making her a visit. They left the next day & went home as they [rode] just here I went out to bid them good by. He felt very anxious about his sister fearing she would not get along, but only a few days after word of his Death came out. He was taken sick on Saturday & died on Thursday. His death was a dreadful shock to his mother & so sudden as she had no word of his illness. I was much surprised to hear that Mr. [Wheedon] was still living that trial must be [severe] but God never puts more on one than they are able to bear, if we confide in him as those that love him have the promise that all things will work to gather for good what meaning there is in those. Words Holy Unit, that his ways are not as our ways. And how good for us that we are not left to chose our own way, for I fear our way would after be wrong. My dear friend I hope that you will remember me in your prayers for I trials hard to bear but know his will is good and that his [favior] is better than life. May Gods choice blessing not [ ] you and may you have the mind that was in Jesus. Much love to all escuse crooked likes & mistakes write soon. Your affectionate friend E Slaltan


Cache Creek, CA

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Resource Identifier

1868 Nov 18 Slaltan to Louisa

Collection Identifier

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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