John Muir


[William F.] Herrin


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[ca 24 May 1914] (Copied from rough draft of letter marked Y-10Letter to Mr. Herrin on same fragment) Dear Mrs. Parsons: I little thought when last I wrote that theend of your husband's blessed faithful life was so nigh. Mr. Colby's letter alarmed me but I refused to believe that one so full of the strength of the hills was beyond healing. I wish I could help to comfort you in your sore loneliness, though the warmest heart words must at first be unavailing. From this good world he knew so well he has gone to a better world and while his cheery inspiring resence will be sadly missed by every good mountaineer they will all continue to rejoice together in the great, good, enduring work he accomplished. None will miss his inpslring presence more than myself, for especially in Sierra Club work I had come to depend on him with ever-increasing confidence. JOHN MUIR05753


[Martinez, Calif.]

Date Original

[1914 May 26]


Original letter dimensions: 33 x 25.5 cm.

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Reel 22, Image 0337

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