John Muir


John Muir


Dav[id Gilrye Muir]


Martinez, California, August, 7th, 1887.

Dear brother Dan. We all congratulate you on your marriage, which was not un- -expected, & we hope that much happiness is yet in store for you in this every-changing world.

Our little Helen has been very sick but is now nearly well again. We now know what the agony of the loss a child is for we had lost hope for a time of her recovery.

I am all nerve shaken, & lean as a crow louded with care work & worry the care & worry will soon wear away I hope but the work seems rather to increase, certainly this is more than enough of it to keep me out of mischief forever. Besides the ranch I have undertaken a big literary job an illustrated work on California & Alaska. most of the



work of publication is being done in New York & as it is coming out in numbers you will soon see part of it. I have already written & sent in the two first numbers & the illustrations I think are nearly ready

Annie is now grown to be an enormous botanist & has already a fine new flower named for her, Clarkia Muiriana She now entertains the queer hallucination that she is married as much or more than even you or anybody, & that this is her first child. She seems to feel bigger than an Asiatic Elephant about it

Mother & all the family express themselves as greatly pleased with Your new domestic arrange- ments & Annie also, though she thinks your marriage a small affair compared with hers.

Give my love to your wife, & believe me ever truly your brother & friend

John Muir



Martinez, California

Date Original

1887 Aug 7


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0846

Collection Identifier

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

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

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Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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



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