Louie [Strentzel Muir]


[John Muir]



[in margin: 877]

Letters from Mr. & Mrs. Keith at Berkeley have just arrived in answer to Mother's invitation. Willie has been sick again, is now better, & they promise to visit us soon. They ask "Where's Johnnie?" I do not know whether to send this letter to London or to Edinburgh, but hope it will reach you before you cross the Atlantic. You have missed several letters, Wanda has written to you every week. My eyes & head are very much better, — If only these bleak winds would let me alone! The children send, O so many kisses to you. Goodbye Dear, Heaven keep you from all danger.

Louie Muir


Martinez, California

Sept. 5, 1893.

My beloved husband,

Your letters of Aug. 17 from Chamouix have just come, and while we read your glowing description of that wonderful scenery we were happy, thinking how you were enjoying it all, but then came the end about that "horrible cough" O John why do you keep rushing along from place to place without resting! There is nothing in this world of so much value as your being safe and well:


O do try to take better care of yourself for the sake of all who love you. We have all hoped that this grand journey will wonderfully strengthen and refresh you in every way and so thinking, we are contented to stay quietly at home. Helen and Wanda are both very well, & are greatly pleased with their teacher in their little school. Grandma has been very feeble all summer, not able to ride more than once or twice a week. We have had strange weather here for nearly


a month; foggy, wintry nights & mornings, & brisk south or west winds every day, & oh but such dust! Visitors from Pacific Grove last week reported such foggy bleak weather, that we shivered at any thought of going there, & Aunt Margaret had previously decided that she was not able to travel so far. Mr. Reid drove with her yesterday out on the Briones, hills, & this morning they called here a few minutes on their way up Franklin Canon [diacritic]. May is flourishing, & so also are David & Ette.



Martinez, California

Date Original

1893 Sep 5


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 23 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 1317

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