New York, June 15 1893
My own little darling Helen. I am very lonesome without you but I have your pretty picture & Wanda’s & I look at it very many times. You must be very careful not to play in the hot sun, & not to eat too much fruit to make you sick for papa wants his little girl to be happy & well always. Little Elfie I suppose keeps you from being lonesome. She is a funny little wriggle wiggle & I hope behaves well. You must not let her go out too much in the hot sun, for that is very bad for dogs as well as for people. There are many dogs in New York but none funnier or wigglier than Elfie. Here is a beautiful & famous flower that all good people love The Alpine Edel[illegible] from
Switzerland. Mrs Sargent gave it to me as a great compliment & I want you to show it to mamma & grandma & Wanda & then lay it away carefully & keep it for me & give back to me when I get home. I am going to Scotland soon & then Ill send you some Scotch heather & some other nice things Everybody is good to papa & I am very well only I keep wanting to see you, Willie went to Scotland & is waiting for me there. I’m not going to stop very long so you must not feel lonesome. I liked the letter you sent me when I was in Chicago It was very sweet & I want you to write another. I suppose you got the nice flowers from Walden Pond They are for your own little self to keep, but you may give one or two to Wanda. And I suppose too that you got the pictures I bought in Concord Papa will not be away very long. Goodbye sweet darling Soon Ill write you another letter Goodbye my darling goodbye. Kiss Wanda & mamma for [marginalia]
1893 Jun 15
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Helen [Muir], 1893 Jun 15." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 926.
Reel 07, Image 1074
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