Louie Strentzel Muir


Mrs. Bidwell


Dear Mrs. Bidwell The visit you have so kindly planned would I know be truly delightful, and my regret in being unable to accept at this time is all the [ ] because I have so long anticipated the pleasure of meeting you in your beautiful home. Although my baby is 14 months old she has never been away from home, and I dread the first trial of taking her very far, yet I do not dare to leave her even for a day to go only [to] San Francisco since she suffered so long with the whooping-cough. I have felt a constant terror [ ] the danger in travelling of being exposed to scarlet fever, diphtheria, ect. So I must delay all journeying until the little one can be [ ] with grandmother. Mr. Muir [[ ][ ] enjoy an excursion with Dr. [Parry]] up the [ ] [canyons], and says to tell you that this trip would be just to his mind, were it not for those “awful cherries” which here also are just in their prime and will not bear the least neglect. [We [all] hope that Dr. and Mrs. [Par] will make a visit on their way down to San [ ] and if so please ask them to tel. that we may meet them at the train. We shall all be glad to welcome you & Gen. B.] That this excursion would be one after his own heart and he [unlike] to [avail] himself of you to the extent of at least a [ ]. But like the [ ] [here] the [ ] [here] [are] also are in their first and [many] [other] things are in their [ ] and need [ ] [water] [ ] therefore [ ] [ ] there [ ] for [ ] neither [beeping] [ ] visit nor Polar Ice I [hope] however that this year will bring all things that are pleasant, save the Polar Ice and another [ ]time we shall be glad to welcome you and Gen. B whenever you can come to our lowland home. [Sincerely] Yours sincerely, Mrs. John Muir Come to our lowland home Lowland



Circa Date

circa 1900


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Resource Identifier

No date Louie Muir to Mrs Bidwell

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.


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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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