Wanda Muir


Wanda Muir


[John Muir]



Martinez California

August, 4. 1893.

My dear Papa

We have received your three beautiful letters from Oban, and Oh how very, every glad we were to get them and to see the bonny little flowers that were in them. I wish I could be with you and see all the things you tell of in your letters, it must be so delightful to be out in the rosy Heather and to feel that you are really back in your own native land once more. We are all well here, that is of course with the exception that Grandma is never very well, and Mama's eyes are troubling her a good deal yet, Helen is very well. although the



weather has been warm for six days. Aunt Margaret has been here all day and seems to feel pretty well now but they still expect to take her to Pacific Grove. I do enjoy my Botany so much I have analigzed a good many plants but it is hard to get them for the hills are so dry, I could find some composity but of them are for me yet, I learn some Bible verses day and also a little poetry nearly every day. We are all delighted with Miss Blaisdell she is so nice and gentle. Helen especialy thinks so much of her. Helen I think is learning very fast, she has four studies, and she likes them all very much. There are some nice ripe peaches but the pears are not ripe enough to eat although they are shipping them up North


You say that the people listen with wonder at the tales of California, but no wonder they do for of course it seems just the same to them as it does to us if you talk of Scotland or Norway. I wish it were possible to get a plant of Heather but I suppose it would be hard to do. Helen says she just wants her "own dear Papa to come home" she was saying she did so want the grape time to come. I asked her what she wanted the grape time to come for when she had peaches and pears she said "why dont you know why? Papa is coming home then". Lou is going back to school next Tuesday. I have fifteen studies counting my



Bible verses. Aunt Ette was over here this morning and got some plants, every thing now looks very nice over at the old place for they have a new wind mill and have lots of water. The little trees that you brought from Vancouver are growing better than they ever have before, they are getting to be quite big trees. Grandma received a fifteen page letter from Cousin Lacey all closely type written about the fair and the things they saw while in Chicago. I wrote a long letter to Aunt Annie yesterday. Mama and Helen will write to you to morrow. Hoping you will soon be home and that you are well and enjoying yourself. I remain ever your affectionate daughter Wanda Muir


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1893 Aug 4


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 13.5 cm.

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Reel 07, Image 1230

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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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