John Muir


John Muir


Helen & [Annie] Wanda [Muir]


[June 1896]

Monday morning, 7:30

My dear Helen and Wanda: and all of you:

This is a lovely calm morning, and the mountains, with their snow and gardens are charming, and recall grand days long ago when I gathered lilies here.
I have just eaten a big breakfast. Ham. Beefsteak, eggs, flap-cakes, etc., and I slept pretty well on the horrid palace car. I'm a little tired talking-for everybody makes me talk. I hope you are not too lonesome, and that the cats are well cared for, and that you will not forget the planting of the geraniums.
I am going straight to Chicago, and then to mother. Will reach Chicago Wednesday morning at 7:45. It seems more than a month since I kissed you good-bye. You must write me a letter, care of Mother at Portage, for I will be wearying to see the words your dear little nana has written; and Wanda and mamma must write, too.
My train is going to start soon. I must go. Goodbye, dear. You must all see these lovely mountains. How white their tops are, with sunbeams pouring over them.

Your affectionate papa,

John Muir.


[place unknown]


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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Reel 09, Image 0268

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