Janet [Douglass Moores]


John Muir


[4] [in margin: 958]and stay over Sunday?Don't say for me to come, if it is not convenient.Mary is not at home today, but I do not think she can go.I want to see you and hear you talk _ & see if you are in any way the same.How much you have seen and learned and lived & how much you will have to tell_ I have been of as little use for so long a time, that I feel as if I had not half- lived>[1][in margin: With kindest regards to your wife & yourself. Sincerely Your friend Janet] March 1st, 1887 1829 San Pablo OaklandMy Dear Friend_I was delighted to receive your illustrated letter_ & thought the sketches as lively as did your little girl The one I was most interested in, however was not pretty_ I am glad you have prepared me_ but I do not believe you look quite as shaggy as you pretend.I, too, must prepare

[2]you_ You must not look for a delicate, fairy creature. it pains me to undeceive you, but I think it is best _ I am not pretty_ I do not even feel as if I could be counted so in the score of "pretty is as pretty does"? for I feel decidedly cross. I should love to take a long walk with you & wear it off. There is noth- ing like it for improving one's temper_ Query?After much discussion01258[3]of what is best, Mary and I have at last decided to go south, to Los Angeles she to stay in [illegible]- neigh- borhood, probably, & I to be with her for three or four months _ to try the country and climate.I want Mamma to come out in May, but I cannot tell whether she will think it best.If the roads are good, & the telephone in order, May I come up Saturday


…Oakland, [Calif]

Date Original

1887 Mar 1


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 22 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0792

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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