John Muir


Janet [Douglass Moores]


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Original in possession of Mr. Charles Moores. Martinez, July 2,1891My Dear Janet: I was glad to get your fine spacious all-round-the family letter. We too have had our share of Grippe & things that make pain &trouble even in so good a love-filled world as this. I suppose that through Annie you have heard of the death of Dr. Strantzel. How great the loss only those who have suffered may know. The family is broken like a house torn asunder & half taken away. Little Helen only four years old we feared would follow him with a broken heart. Even now we have to keep her out of the parlor where his portrait hangs for at sight of it without saying a word her eyes fill & for hours or days all our efforts to comfort her are in vain. Wanda is a big rosy girl & so much like a woman I am frightened &would fain keep her a baby in sweet & sinless babyland. But on a swift flood we are all borne forward & only when I am in the wilderness is this current invisible, where one day, is a thousand years & a thousand years one day. Last summer I was among the grand crystal glaciers of Alaska & this summer I spent three weeks in the King's River Yosemite - one of my favorite haunts in the old free Sierra times. I am now trying to write about it for the Century & must haggle through the job in some way for the illustrations for the "article" are already made & they are calling for copy.


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1891 Jul 2


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.

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Reel 07, Image 0197

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