Julia Merrill Moores


[John Muir & Louie Strentzel Muir]



Indianapolis March 20th 1887

2323 N. Ala. St.

My dear friends

My Janet has written me of the delightful visit. She has been having with you. in your own home_ seeing you & your dear children. talking with you and eating at your table. You may well believe if I could envy my dear child anything it would be this visit to you. But I would not wish my self in her place - only with that I could be there with her. see & talk with you both & know & love you all over again. How hungry we do get for our friends! Sometimes I feel a faintness - an emptiness for those I love who are far from me.

[in margin: Miss [Eliza Henricks?] often asks after you very kindly]



But Janet's seeing you and being in your home. makes me feel almost as if I were there, I am sure that some one whom I shall see before a great while - has seen you and will tell me much that I want to know about you and yours. And I am happy in it. I wish I were so that I could leave my boys. & come out for a few months - settle down near you & pick up the threads & weave all together once more. Thus had I some the last two or three summers with my dear friends at Peekskill. I have seen their faces, sat about their board, heard their talk & renewed the sweet friendship of early years - and now upon earth. I shall see his face



no more ["on earth" stricken out]. But in our talks he has told me how he longed for Heaven. How he yearned to behold Jesus_ and how many times he could scarce wait to see his Mother - his own Mother who died when he was three years old. Heaven was a seal to him - as earth> and yet how he loved to live_ & with what fervor he did live! _ Of ever I was in doubt or trouble. I had only to write to him. and he helped he. he told me what to do. Ah. This life would be too hard to live if it were not for our friends. I thank God for them daily. I am writing more than I means. I do not want to tire you- only to thank you for

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for all your kindness to my child while she is so far from me. She did want to show her brothers that she could support herself but it seems she cannot find the opportunity near you and I cannot bear to have her go away off to Southern Califor nia. I am like a person with but one foot or hand without her. I want her home again. My boys are well and send love. How they would enjoy your children! Merrill wishes to be remembered to your sister Annie. Kiss the children for their father's friend. I wish we could hope sometime to see you all here. Do you remember that I have some of your botanical specimens in keeping?

Sisters Kate & Mina would send love if they knew I was writing.

With much love & Many thanks-

Julia Merrill Morres


Indianapolis, [Ind]

Date Original

1887 Mar 20


Original letter dimensions: 23.5 x 15 cm.

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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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