John Muir


[John Muir]


Annie [L. Muir]


Hopeton Aug' 15, 68

Dear twin Ann, I was sorry to know that you had borrowed trouble over me, your anxiety was of far too rapid a growth, having sprouted, leafed, & fruited ere it had any business to come out of the ground, - Those three months in which I was reported missing were the flowerist of all the months of my existence, no matter what direction I travelled I still waded in flowers by day, & slept with them by night, hundreds of flowery gems of most surpassing loveliness touched my feet at every step, and buried them out of sight, I was very happy, the larks & insects long streams of unmeasured joy, glorious mountain walls around me; a sky of plants beneath, & a sky of light above All kept by their Maker in perfect beauty

& pure as heaven I am always a little lonesome Annie- Ought I not to be a man by this time & put away childish things, I have wandered far enough, & seen strange faces enough to feel the whole world a home, & I am a batchelor too, I should not be a boy, but I cannot accustom myself to the coldness of strangers, nor to the shiftings & wanderings of this Arab life. Annie I have not learned to know your handwriting yet, nor Marys, nor Joannas' they are so constantly chang- ing, You use the pen better than formerly, but there is still room for improvement. I do not like this pinched printed style with heavy pen dulumbob markings upon the ts', & ds, & ys, It is the painful, puckered pictured oystem of very exact maidens bred in the far west, I hope you will endeavor to acquire a more sloping flowing

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Hopeton [Calif.]

Date Original

1868 Aug 15


Original letter dimensions: 21.0 x 13.0 cm

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 01, Image 1238

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