N. D. Stebbins


N. D. Stebbins


John Muir


Santa Barbara [/Cala.?] Dec 15/82

My good friend Muir’

Your postal did not reach me till five days after date. After receiving it as you are away I telegraphed to know of your whereabouts - & found you at San Jose & probably would call on your return – I [xtended?] my ticket (ship) to the next Boat a day or two before leaving I visited the Nat[illegible] [illegible] Room then found Dr. Kellog. on my mentioning your name he said you had been in S.F. & took dinner with him. It would have been a [illegible] to see a man who a loving providence had watched over with such pert[illegible] & shield him from sudden death a thousand times

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or more. Mr Herbert [Spencer?] & his crowd might laugh with a sneer at such expressions – but I will glory in them. With warmest regards to Mrs Muir & a kiss for the lovely little daughter

Truly Ever your Friend N. D. Stibbins

PS. I hope in the future to do better on my next visit to [S. F.?]


-A little more-say to Mrs Muir there was something in the telegram that made me feel towards her as an old familiar friend / I hope so rather than to be [illegible] [with her?]




Santa Barbara, Cala.

Date Original

1882 Dec 15


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 12.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0950

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