Wanda Muir


[Annie] Wanda Muir


[John Muir]



Have you seen any of the beautiful auroras yet?
Mama sends you the Mazama circulars.
Aunt Margaret is as well as usual.
We have not heard anything more about the Forestry Commission.


Wanda Muir.


Martinez California

Aug 11 1896

My dear Papa

By this time you must be up in Alaska where it is cool and you can get plenty of ice without going to town for it. The weather has been very hot for several days but last night the sea breeze came in, coof, fresh and delightful. how did the meteors look up in Alaska? We could not see many down here.
We received you letter and telgram from Port Townsend, and your name was in the list of distinguished passengers who sailed on the Queen, that was



in the Chronicle.
Mama has got nearly over her sore throat, Grandma is pretty well and Helen and I are very well and the cats are lively, Tommy came up to the house two mornings after you left but he stays down in the field most of the time now.
Mrs. Theobalds is still staying here with Grandma
Last Saturday the China house burned down and a few trees around it were killed. they think that it started from the fire they had in the kitchen. The Chinamen were all down in the pear orchard and when they saw the smoke they ran back to the house wonderfully fast but one end of the house was


a mass of flames so they could not unlock the doors but Mr Furth and Harry Coleman broke in a door and dragged out some rice and a few other things I could not have believed that so small a building could make such a tremendous fire and then to add to the general noise and confusion their guns and cartridges went off and made an awful racket but nobody was hurt and it did make a most beautiful, beautiful blaze.
We got a good watermelon a few days ago and enjoyed it very much and today I am making pie out of one of the pumpkins that Helen raised.
Did you find your nothern summer residence in good order

Martinez, California


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1896 Aug 11


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

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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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