Kate M. Graydon


John Muir


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[2]believe I had known you always, & that I received at least one letter each week. Well, where Prof. Jordan started to Cal. he naturally asked for a letter of introduction. Just then some one exclaimed to herself, “Be sure your sin will find you out.” What if Mr. Muir should ask, Who is Kate Graydon? So you see why I was at once relieved & happy, when your letter came. I presume you & Prof. Jordan are together, & if you & he do not mix, it is because I am not there to stir you up. You must understand Janet introduced Mr. Gilbert, he is her friend. Janet is about as large in [3]stature as he, but for lu[illegible] “the mind’s the measure of the man.” Miss Hendricks allowed us to read your Alaska letters. I always thought it was cold up by the north pole, until I read them. You speak of purling streams & balmy air, etc, etc, as if it were Florida, quite an overturning of my geography. You drew a pretty picture of what home life might be, with drawn curtains & crackling fire, & books still damp from the Press, why not more minute, & say whether you would prefer a Brussels or Ax minster, a Knabe or a Steinway? So you met your little ouzel?


Indianapolis, [Ind]

Date Original

1880 Mar 28


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0085

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Page 2


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