Louie [Strentzel] Muir


John Muir


[in margin: 871]


[May, 1893]



My Dear John,

Little Helen is now laughing & playing with Wanda & Francie out in the garden, but this morning after you left she grieved and trembled so and her little hands turned icy cold, we were frightened and carried her to the kitchen and chafed her hands and feet in the warmth of the open oven, then Wanda called in

Elfie and that little dog seemed just human in understanding the trouble, for it curled up in baby’s arms and coaxed and petted and showed so much loving sympathy that finally the child began to notice it and soon grew better. Afterwards Francie carried her in her arms all around the garden then they climbed over the new hay, and then went over to Aunt Margarets for a visit. Francie staid with her all the time for I could not walk much.

Grandma & Lou will come this evening so I think Helen will feel better. She sends you these little sweet roses and many kisses. I must close or this will be too late

God be with you

Louie Muir



Martinez, California


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 23 cm.

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