Louie Strentzel Muir


Ella Steele Brown


For Louisa In her father’s care White House Ranch Pescadero San Mateo Ca July 19/’80 My dear Louise, The news that you were married reached me some time since, but I have been waiting to find out who the happy man was, before offering my warmest congratulations. But. I don’t know yet. I thought I could at least offer my heartfelt good wishes to you dear self if I did not know your new name. Whoever your husband may be, I hope to meet and place him on the list of my friends some time. I’m sure he has a happy life before him with rest and trust in such a heart as yours. I have heard my uncle J.C. Uncle speak of your family and home to many times, in the last few years, that our intercourse seems not to have been so wholly interrupted. We are settled on a farm directly on the coast, a short distance from my [ ] [ ] [ ] [beach/least] we are building & hope to be settled soon. When you would like to try a little sea air and bathing and look out an old friend again we, my husband & I would give you and yours a most hearty welcome. Ever lovingly yours Ella Steele Brown


San Mateo, CA

Date Original



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Resource Identifier

1880 Jul 19 Ella Steele Brown to Louise

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