Abigail Bush


Abigail Bush




281 East San Fernando St. San Jose Oct 27th My dear Friend I feel lonely that I do not hear from you more often & now that I can congratulate you & Louie & Daughters upon the [ ] of Mr. Muir. I feel that I can not wait longer for your answer to my last. I had looked in vain for a notice of his return in the papers until I saw it in the Examiner & quite a stretch of his travels & beside a picture of himself which to us seemed pretty good. It looked him to be more fleshey than when I saw him last (is it so) & I don’t think he had shaved very often in his travels, hadn’t time perhaps he must have enjoyed his travels very much. Especially his old home country. But tell him please with my kindest wishes that I am glad of his safe return to the [bosom] of his family. [&] speaking of his beard I am reminded of having seen many years ago the [beard] of Andrew [Jeikson]. Dave’s [no] [ ] scissors had even touched it & it was as soft as silk, [perfectfully] beautiful & so, we [may] instead of helping to beautify nature sometimes. The weather is very pleasant cool mornings & evenings. Some fog, mornings, but soon passes off & we are all pretty well. [we] have had the bad colds, that are so [ ] & I take such good care of myself, am so afraid, -------v that I may be sick & a burden to my friends. My feet trouble me greatly & did I tell you in my [last], that my poor teeth were troubling me. They are & I can not get up courage to go to the Dentist as yet. I wish that they were all out but that [can’t] dislodge them. This is Friday & the girls are so glad when it comes. They have to sleep very hard. Its no easy task to go through their school. Having [Angie] [Peggie] Stewart & Minnie Bertula with us & the papers. We keep pretty well pasted in the Martinez news & have need with interest that you had commence the work that the Doctor told me the last time that I rode with him alone, that he [wed] a going to do, namely to build a building for the free library & he thought he would so arrange it as to have a hall for the grange. He was taking me home from the Grange when we had this conversation & I shall be so delighted & hope to see it [lettered] in un[ ] [gilt], the [ ] [Free] Library. We see that you have sad death & [gay] [ ], & thus it is in life there are all sorts of entertainments here, but I [ ] not go out. But [Sis] goes with the [girls] sometimes, as the Faculty considers them safe with the Land Lady. Please write me soon us there are not items here that you would care for me to write. Give kind love & greetings to Louie & children with Mr Muir. Affectionately yours A Bush


San Jose, CA

Circa Date

[1880] Oct. 27


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier

No Date Oct 27 A 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.


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



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