Charlotte Hoffmann


Louie Strentzel Muir


Merry Christmas! Mrs. Muir, And a very Happy New Year! It seems so good to have time to say Merry Christmas to one’s friends, and to enjoy the holiday season. And I am sure no one enjoys it more than I. School closed on Friday and I expect to finish my papers to-morrow so that I will have time on Tuesday to carry out a little surprise I have planned for the family. I am going to fill a stocking for each one and hang them up on Christmas Eve. It will be such fun, watching the discoveries in the morning. I have bought a table cloth and napkins for mama and a few little things, some ties and handkerchiefs for the boys, and a pin and a waist for Rena. Then there will have to be a few small packages added, so that the stockings will be full to the tip top. Perhaps you do this every year, do you? I know several families who still do, even though their children are grown, but we have had neither a tree nor stockings for several years. After Christmas I shall be busy planning my work for next term, for 9am to do all the High School English. I was very anxious to see Wanda before she went home to ask how she got along in her examinations but I had not a minute to go to see her, and I suppose she was equally busy. I hope she was successful, and feel sure that she was. Please give her my love and tell her I should like very much to hear all about them. Are you well, Mrs. Muir, and able to be out of doors during these beautiful days? This is what I call perfect weather. I suppose this year? I am going to Mrs. Browns to dinner. Miss Head is at Santa Barbara still, and is feeling very well. She is out of doors from early morning until seven at night, and of course that is the best thing in the world for her. There are two or three little children where she is living, so she isn’t allowed to get lonesome. That southern climate must be delightful. Have you ever been there? Oh, I haven’t seen you since I heard Tristan and Isolde, have I, Mrs. Muir? I have never in my life heard any-thing more glorious than that music. The soprano was very poor, but Damrosch made me forget everything, and his wonderful orchestra simply carried me from height to height. How I wish you could have heard it too. But I must wait until I see you sometime before I try to tell you more about it. To-night I am only writing to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please don’t forget to give my very best wishes to Mr. Muir and to his sisters. I do hope they are feeling stronger than they were. I live give my love to Wanda and Helen – they must be having fine times together. And with very best wishes again to you and Mr. Muir. I am Sincerely yours, Charlotte Hoffmann. December twenty third, Nineteen hundred and one



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1901 Dec 23 Charlotte Hoffmann 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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