John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]



New York, June 16 1893

Dear Louie- It has been very hot here & may be hot in Martinez & I cant help thinking about Helen. The great danger in the hot weather will be or rather is that she will be eating a good deal of fruit & her teeth not being sound she is likely to have toothache, & toothache & hot weather will be more than she can bear I think that all those cavities in the molars should be filled with amalgam Tell the dentist not to use the drill, but simply to scrape out the cavities gently & the pain would be very slight. In case of their aching any length of time have them extracted at all hazards. But much may be done by prevention. Don’t allow her to

go into the orchard at all. Give her the juice to drink by itself & make her rinse her mouth after every meal. Above all don’t let her eat may dukes. Even raw peaches should not be eaten, & don’t let her be tempted by the sight of others eating them. Bathe her frequently & change her clothing in the middle of the day, & again at night. Be specially watchful when after warm days the cold winds set in suddenly from the se. Be sure then that she be warmly clad before the possibility of a chill. Above all things watch her teeth. Better that she never taste fruit for years, or until she grows strong than that she have toothache. Acid fruit with sugar, warm debilitating weather & nerve-exhausting toothache & irregularity of the bowels, all come together to de[illegible] children & the danger is very great I charge you therefore to be watchful With love to all ever yours John Muir




…New York

Date Original

1893 Jun 16


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 1088

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