Louie Strentzel Muir


Dear [Mary] Feb 7 Your welcome letter was duly receive and I fully intended to answer[ing] it just as soon as the dismal fog should take its departure and [leave] allow [us] clear day light enough to write by. That did not occur until [Jan]. 30 and then I was so intent on being thoroughly thawed out, and so glad to behold again the blessed sunshine that I forgot all about [your] writing or work of any kind. But I did not forget you, nor I wanted you here to climb hills and gather moss and hunt ferns ect. And more than that we all wanted you here to after[noon] talk. [Even papa] You conversational powers would have been appreciated to the extreme—I must warn you though, against our next meeting, that I expect [after] this winters rest [will] to be [en]able to talk nearly as fast myself. Then too I kept thinking of those Oakland hills [and wondering] but me. I am going to be [ ] until winter is over and then, look out for my coming! Since I found you to be so good a mountaineer I have planned [all manner of] 3 or 4 exploring expeditions, and you will need all your strength to resist my merciless exaction “Mud, mud, mud” explains all Papa and I have managed to ride to Martinez about once every week [and] we have had several visitors from [S.F.] [and] the neighbors children have frequently walked over to climb the hills with me. [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] and we all have attended five meetings of our [Orange] so we have not had any chance to be lonesome. Mother, though was very unwell all the exactly month of January Father, [ ] has taken a fancy for big [blousing] logs in the chimney, says he is old enough now (62) to stay near the fire; he [ ] and [ ] much of the time and it [really] seems very odd and also very comfortable to see him taking so long a rest. But he will go to work the same as ever, I fear when [this] stormy weather is over. The [ ] storm [ ] [ ] to [Department of Public Instruction] Stay awhile for the murky [ ] are growing [deeper] thicker and darker [and] the rain beats it torrents against the windows [its most [ ] as a flapping] and the winds voice is piteously wild. Alhambra April 6th 1874 Dear




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