Julia [Merrill] Moores


John Muir


[Marked "Indianspolis letters"]

Sept.6th, 1891.

My dear Mr. Muir,

I have before me two letters - written by you from near 'Snellings' in the spring of 1869 - more than twenty year ago! As I have read them over I have felt a strong desire to thank you for writing them- even though I may have done it long ago. They open up to me and describe in your own way your life as a shepherd,---the life in nature, the birds, bees, hares, or squirrels - the trees, the mosses and lichens-the sky and stars. The sheep, while cared for surely and carefully, did not fill your life. Just now these letters are just what I want. I have to write a little paper on Robert Browning's "Saul" - in which David as a shepherd appears, and I need your description and shall use it. You cannot help yourself, my friend!
I have had great anxiety during the past two years in regard to Janet. I have been frightened lest she be a permanent invalid. But she is full of hope and courage and leaves no stone unturned, nothing undone which may help her to health, and - God grant her life and health is my daily prayer! She often speaks of yours and Mrs. Muir's kindness to her and of your sweet children and lovely home.
I am glad that Ed Coe has proved of service to you. Sister C[atherine] and Mina are well, and all of the other friends. I do not hope for a letter from you, for I know how busy you must be. My love to your wife. Janet, too, joins me in love to all.

Truly and affectionately,
Julia [Merrill] Moores


Indianapolis, [Ind]

Date Original

1891 Sep 6


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 0275

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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