Katharine Hooker


John Muir


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[4]to realize, to expound, to come to life as it might be. I began by being torpid and timorous--that is wearing away. There was little rebound at first, after the long strain. Then a night came when physically and mentally I had such strange sensations that I wondered vaguely if I were going to die. I remembered that it happened sometimes to people after a sudden great change, [even?] if it [were?] the change of relief.It is a pitiful thing, is it not, that the passing away of a man--a husband and father--whould leave relief behind, instead of grief![5]Marian is well but so busy and so closely tied to her present work that I cannot have much of her yet. On the fifth of August her hospital term is over and perhaps then we may go away to those healing mountains of yours for a time. I shall come back here to be at hand when she emerges.Very affectionately yoursKatharine HookerI should like you to call me Katharine rather than the formal "Mrs Hooker."


San Francisco

Date Original

[1911] Jul 14


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 0524

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Page 3


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