Peter H. Burnett


Louie Strentzel Muir


[in margin: 578 Old Peter Burnett Peter Burnett to Louie]

San Francisco 610 Jones Street, Oct. 23, 1882.

Mrs. Louis Strentzel Muir-

My dear Madam

The present of a box of choice grapes you kindly sent me arrived on Saturday last, for which let me return you my appreciation acknowledgement. I [illegible] several bunches of very small, beautiful, and delicious blue grapes among the others, which I had never seen before. My grandchildren came to see me yesterday, and enjoyed the feast. My Sister, Mrs. E. A. Cain, is now at my house, and will remain during the winter. She is now 69, and in good health. I have just had the great pleasure of seeing a cousin and


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his lady from Texas. I had not seen him for fifty-one or two years, and had never met her before. His name is William P Hardeman. His father, my uncle [illegible] fo[illegible] Hardeman, moved with his family to Texas in 1835, when my cousin was a youth. He is now 66. I saw him lst in Hardeman County Tennessee, in 1831. Our uncle Baily Hardeman was Secretary of the Treasury in Texas under President Burnet. Uncle Blackstone Hardeman also lived and died in that State. I think your parents will be apt to remember the Hardemans. My children and grandchildren are in good health with a few exceptions. For about 18 mos. Ada C. Ryland has suffered from some disease, which not only gives her

pain, but effects his sight, so that she has to wear glasses, and can only read about five minutes. She is thus unable to keep up with the current news of the day from reading, and has to depend upon conversation for his knowledge of passing events. To one of his active and fine [illegible], it is a great deprivation. Her sister [illegible] is now under medical treatment for hardness of hearing, which makes her uneasy in the company of others. My son, John M. Burnett’s youngest daughter, a little girl 4 years old, is very backward about talking. She is a most beautiful child, and her parents are fearful she will never be bright. Give my kindest regards to your husband father and mother and call and see me when you visit the city.

Yours truly Peter H. Burnett


San Francisco

Date Original

1882 Oct 23


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0916

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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