Helen Swett


Louie Strentzel Muir


Helen Swett


Oct. 24. 1881. Dear Mrs. Muir. I thank you for very much for those grapes you sent me. I never saw such pretty grapes in my life as your grapes. I am glad Mr. Muir is home safe. I hope your baby is well and laughing now. Mr. [Mims] gave our baby a gold and silver cup sunday and it [had] on it Where the Baby sits is the head of the board. Grandma Francis is not much better she only sits up while the nurse makes her bed. Papa has bought a ranch down near the Wrights station. The Farm I have made up a piece lately and this is it. Yonder is the water. Yonder is the bay. Yonder is the field where the [men] make hay. Yonder is the barn yard where the chickens cluck all day. Yonder is the stable where the horses eat hay. Yonder is the garden which looks quite gay. Your true friend Helen Swelt



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Resource Identifier

1881 Oct 24 Helen Swett to Mrs Muir

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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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