Abigail Bush


Louie Strentzel Muir


Abigail Bush


San Jose Nov 17th Dear Louie, Where as I was once blind, no not exact, bling, but sight [alone] from poor glasses, now I see through new ones, & bound with gold beside. All of your gift, from [kindly] cane & thought of me, for which I thank you, more than I can express. Deep, sincere, heartfelt thanks accept them, as I Hope Heaven [to] Bless you, I should never have felt at liberty to have spent the Money for such an indulgence if you had not [had] me, do so. My children would be glad to have seen me in them but they are not able to indulge me, [&] they join me in thanking you, Mr Jones has not yet found permanent employment & they have only the boarders with high rent. [&] Angie Webster & a Miss Wambald from [Cloverdale] a very nice religious young Lady but severely Homely [ ] plain but one of those that you forget the [plainliness] in her worth, & work [as] such duties as are imposed upon them. Tell Wanda, that I am glad she is not in the Ranks. They sit in the Evening around the Dining Room Table, with all of works, prefer it to a fire in their rooms. Minnie joins them & Ethel upon one side feeling herself of as much importance as the elder ones. Angie had a [card] of dissected [ ] each part by itself, also of a [Fly] upon little glass plates. The [head] the [foot] & each part distinct, beside dissecting plants [Osage] orange, Buck eyes & Innumerable things & bye & bye will, Come longer life oh’ [Dear] I am glad, that I am not a School girl of today. Minnie is Deeply interested in her studies & means to succeed. Ethel has to [imitate] the young Ladies in all possible ways, [ ]nesses & dresses herself in a cold room & quite looks aside, at my petting. Well you ask me how I like San Jose, Louie, it isn’t [Martinez] & I shall never like another place, as that, its home to me, I haven’t been out at all, found myself very tired after reaching here, & I am not as well as usual & had not been for two weeks before I left [Home] I don’t know [rather] it is some of the remnants of La grippe or a new ailing had I been well I could not have Left without spending a day with your mother & seeing you. But Netties’ two youngest children have been sick with croup, & I could not come. & you did not come for me. I told your Husband the Am we came down that I had waited three months for you to come in for me & so I came away, he expressed surprise that I thought that time long, to wait for you. Tell your Dear Mother that I had not seen her, the half that I wished to & [fear] told the incidents of her visit, at her old Home, & some day when she visits me here or when I return to Martinez. The long visit must be renewed & all things told me. I dreamed of her & your Father [ ] last night she was not pleased with my Surroundings & was arranging thing’s differently & your Father showed me very rare things to Eat, which he had obtained for me. The dream was pleasant & I awoke quite feeling that I had seen them. Sis had been in a lecture in the Evening at the normal where your Husbands [absence] was [ ] & commented upon [condensed] so you see [ ] Muir is [fully] known here. These are Lectures upon all subjects & at [our] [doors] Begger’s for all kind of supplies from 5 cts to feeding a church such is life in this vast city it is very quiet here the noise does not disturb me the [electric] [cars] pass the house every few minutes but they are not noisy. The [confusion] of after [ ] (So Disastrous ) & the Excitement of the recent murder occupies the public mind here & after I [leave] more that will interest you I will write again that is I you will write me, ask your mother to write, tell her I need her to write me & [ ] [make] [brave] The address is 355 South 10th St, San Jose & with kind love to the [Dec] Mother the children & [ ] other will accept Gratefully & affectionately Grandma Bush I had not [Run] the [first] sheet [ ] [time] when I commenced.


San Jose, CA

Circa Date

circa 1880


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Resource Identifier

No Date Nov 17 Grandmaw Bush to Louie

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.


6 pages


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



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