May F. Benton


May F. Benton


John Muir



Dear Mr Muir:

We were wondering, my mother and I, whether you knew of my father’s illness when your pleasant remembrance came for which we thank you very much. After a delightful Summer in the [illegible] Islands on our return my father had a partial stroke of paralyses and has only just recovered suff[illegible] to walk about. He requires constant atten[illegible] and care. We hope you are all well and wish

we might see you all [sometime?] Do you [illegible] visit Alaska now? This leaf is from Africa - As if anything so cool and silvery could come from that land of sun and [firey?] heat - Have you no picture of the little ones? How I wish I might see them – With may thanks for your remembrance,

May F. [Bentar?] -


[place unknown]

Circa Date

[1885] Oct 31


Original letter dimensions: 17 x 22.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0522

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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