Julia M[errill] Moores


John Muir


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[2]in your friendship. Have you not proved yourself my friend – and I thank God for your affection for myself and my children. You are brought to my mind in very many ways. I think of your lonely, nature filled life ( a contradiction you will say) and its contrast to ours with our cares and worries & its little ness – and I breath stronger for thinking of you. Then – you come before me in your beloved Yosemite – breathing the pure air – Strong in muscle & limb walking, running, climbing – going whither you will! I go back to myself shut up in the house as I have been for months – feeble and good for little or nothing. Do you wonder that I almost envy you – that I love to think of you? I thank you for the “friendly chat” wh. you held with me in the Fresno forest. Next time ‘May I be there to see!’ Last night Miss Hendricks sent me a Sacramento paper containing a notice of your lecture. Your success delighted me much – as it did her – but I knew you would not fait. Miss Ely’a and I had talked it over before hand. When I spent a very pleasant day with her some ten days ago – and we wished we could take wings and be present. I have been sick since before Thanksgiving – but am once more improving – and hope soon to be able to resume my duties and go about as usual. I wish you could see and talk with my sister Kate. Her life grows richer and deeper every year. So consecrated as it is


Indianapolis, [Ind]

Date Original

1876 Feb 3


Original letter dimensions: 29.5 x 12.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0369

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