Louie Strentzel Muir


[John Muir]



I suppose you will have to stay awhile with your sisters to settle up their affairs. As Celia is at home perhaps Sarah and Annie will remain in the same house.
How strange and sad and lonesome everything will seem to you all without the beloved Mother. But oh how much cause for thankfulness there is that kind Fate led you home in time for that last happy visit with her, a blessed week to be remembered all your life.
Though so far away, our heartfelt prayers will be with you and our dear sisters through the weary hours of the funeral day.
May our Heavenly Father abide with you all and bless and guard you forever.

Louie Strentzel Muir.


Martinez California

June 25, 1896

My beloved husband.

My heart is sore today over thinking of your sad return to your mother's home, instead of the youful one we had hoped for, and of Wanda's sorrw that she could not go to the dear grandmother who so longed to see her.
Mother has been very unwell and miserable for the past two weeks, so none of us could think of leaving her for she too is growing old: and she craves for Wanda to be near her more than ever. We ahve been with Aunt Margaret much as we could to try to cheer her from her grief and truly she has been quiet and brave.



Helen is perfectly well, bright and active as ever and does not seem to mind the warm weather any more. This is the first really cool and comfortable day since you started, and day after day that dust have showed in the north, but this morning the Benicia hills were beautiful with fleecy fog wreaths, and oh at last there is a delicious ocean breeze to refresh parched flowers and people both.
We ahve been talking about the lovely flowers there surely will be at the funeral maybe some snowy waterlilies among them and that the graveyard will be saved from woeful gloom by the bright springtime freshess and bloom of the trees and flowers there. I have forgotten where it is, does it overlook the river or lake?


I sent one hundred dollars to Sister Sarah the same day that I received your letter about it, and Wanda and Helen have written several letters to you since June 9th so it is strange that you had not yet received any. I could not write much for my eyes have been much inflamed and very painful since the hot weather. Enclosed are letters from Mrs. Graydon and John Howitt that were sent to the Century Co. and then sent on to Martinez. By the way, do not forget to visit John Vance Cheney and the Library when in Chicago. How sorry I am that you could not stay longer in New York and Boston. Did you see Cable and Mrs. Agassiz?
Will you be able to go with Prof. Sargent and the Forest Commissioners?


Martinez, California

Date Original

1896 Jun 25


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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