Anne W. Cheney


John Muir


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New York City,Wednesday, Apr. 9th, 1873.My dear Mr. Muir:Out of all the noise and bustle of this busy world I write to you, longing for the rest and quiet of your Valley, which now seems farther away then ever, for I have given up all idea of returning to California for the present. My sister is quite miserable, having injured her hip in some way, and is, or has been lame, but although not well she is much better than she was in the Winter. All thoughts of leaving her must necessarily be banished for a time, and Father and Rob return to us in June sometime, or as soon as my uncle's return from the Yosemite. I judge from that, that Father and Rob will not go with them, but they may change their minds before the time comes to go - at any rate l hope you will meet my two uncles John and Frank, who will probably go into the Valley as soon as weather and water will permit. I had fully expected to be of their party this summer, but that is now out of the question - how I regret it you can imagine from the amount of enjoyment I experienced while there last summer, but I do not despair of visiting there once more, for I love the mountain and river gods with the heart of a child of nature, although I have been brought up in the midst of luxury and the civilization you dislike so much.I have thought of you this inter as busy with your writing, and shall hope to hear from you soon that the book has been given to the public, that I may get it and in reading it imagine myself once more nearer the Giver of all Good. I had a nice letter from Mrs, Moore not long ago at most, the first one she had written since her illness, but Charlie Stoddard I have not heard from for a long time, probably because I allowed such a long time to elapse between his last letter and the answer.I return to my home in the country in about two weeks, to get it ready to receive the wanderers, but we may be back in California again before we are aware of it, as father, I fear, will not be able to spend his winters in so cold a climate as this. Harry, who has been at the Yale Scientific School all winter, has joined Prof. Marsh's surveying party to spend the coming summer on the plains.The mood for writing does not possess me this winter. I hardly know myself in my. letters any more. I need the fresh clear air and sky of the country, which I will have in a short time, and then I hope I may answer your next letter in a more interesting manner.With kindest regards,Truly your friend,Anne W. Cheney


New York City, [New York]

Date Original

1873 Apr 9


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26.5 cm.

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