Helen Muir


Helen Muir


[John Muir]


Martinz, California June 21.


My Dear Papa,

I have taken my first lesson on the violin at last and am very glad that I have. Max Plum could not teach me before because his little baby was sick
Fannie went home yesterday. they will start for the mountains by the first of July. It is very warm here today and there is no wind.
Captain Bielawski came this morning and will go on the 4 oclock train, he seems to be quite well, but he looks very old and bent over.


This is Sunday Are you haveing a good time in New York? Have you been out to Central Park yet? It must look very pretty now with many flowers.
When are you coming home? I am so lonesome, hurry and come home dear Papa or I think that I will come to you. Write a long letter to me soon. Grandma is pretty well but Mama's eyes have hurt her a great deal. [Auntie?] Margaret went to church this morning and May is here now. The roads are getting very dirty but they will soon begin to sprinkle them. My beans that I planted are full of long pods almost ready to cook. I have not much to write today. We are well and hope you are well. All the red geraniums are smiling in
the hot sunshine those you planted are growing nicely. The portulaca blossoms are just lovely and oh there have been several great beautiful white Magnolias. The jasmines are blooming.
Write to me telling me how Grandma Muir is now. We saw Uncle David yesterday and he had a litter from Aunt Annie that said Grandmas was still so very weak.
With a good-night kiss for you dear Papa I am your own little

Helen Muir.


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1896 Jun 29


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 09, Image 0264

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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