Eliza L. Phelps


Louie Strentzel Muir


Eliza L. Phelps


Briggsville Wis. Sept 8th. 1904 My Dear Mrs. Muir: I told you I would send you the letter written by Susie A. Waters in 1888 describing her visit to your home and many other places in Cal. I will send it with this letter. When I read it over after my return, I found the descriptions of places which I visited so perfect and the whole letters so interesting that I am going to ask you to return it after you have read it and allowed others to see it to when you think it will be of interest. I think [Ette] will enjoy it and perhaps the Miss Griffins and Mrs. John [Sivett].I am very well at the present time though thinner than I usually get in summer. Today I weighed 113 ½#. My work in the office seems to agree with me and I like it. I have a lovely view across the lake. Just now the water has a beautiful pink tinge shading to very dark shade pink and the western sky is beautiful. We have had a great deal of rain this season and the early summer was too cold for some gains, but the warm weather so far this month is very favorable for maturing corn and late potatoes. We had an abundance of small fruits and peaches are very plentiful and cheap in the market. Brother is expecting a barrel of Bartlett pears which I shall enjoy. I often think of the oranges which I gathered in your orchard. Many pleasant memories linger of my California trip and I hope to go again some time. I think you must enjoy hearing Mr. Muir talk of his trip last year. With kindest regards to Mr. Muir and the young ladies and a hope that you may enjoy good health and every blessing. I am most sincerely Your friend Eliza L. Phelps Briggsville Wis.


Briggsville, WI

Date Original



Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier

1904 Sep 8 Eliza L Phelps to Mr and Mrs Muir

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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