Martinez California July 15 1896.
My Dear Papa,
We have not heard from you for several days. We hope that you recieved the letters we sent to Helena.
Wanda and I are very well but Mama's eyes hurt her a great deal. Grandma is a little better. Mrs. Theobalds is staying with her this week. Marguerite went home to Sonora last Sunday, she was not very well but she cooked a fine dinner with ice cream for us before she left. She said she must rest a while now. [Ah Yin?] is washing today.
This morning was foggy when I first got up but it is bright and
sunny now and the wind is blowing from the west. Yesterday was very warm as it had been for a long long time. This morning Mr. Calman brought over the first corn and cucumbers that he raised. Our own vegetables are growing nicely, there are a lot of sweet potato vines and several kinds of corn and beans and melons. The peaches near the house are getting ripe and there are some good apples. The little wrens went away long ago but yesterday mama found a nest of Chrysomitris birdies in the nearest peach tree down the bank, but they had flown away this morning.
Aunt Margaret is about as well as usual, we went over there to see her and May yesterday. Uncle David was here the other day.
Mrs. Raap has been very sick in bed. and Mrs. Downer is still very sick.
Monday I took my fourth violin lesson and I played the scale all right. I am so glad for I love my violin very much and I hope I can play a Scotch tune for you when you come home.
I hope you will send me seom pretty mosses and ferns.
Do write as often as you can dear Papa. Good bye with love from us all.
Your telegram from Helena, Montana is just received and we are glad you are on your homeward way once more. We wish we could all be with you wandering through the cool northern woods, but since we cannot leave mother, please send us many wildwood pictures. Helen and Wanda are well.
1896 Jul 15
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.
Muir, Helen, "Letter from Helen Muir to [John Muir], 1896 Jul 15." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 808.
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