John Muir


[John Muir]


Helen [Muir]


[Aug. 28, 1888]


My dear baby Helen Papa is coming home soon to see you & Wanda & Mama & I will be very glad to see baby & hold her in my arms

Papa is far away more than a thousand miles & you can ask Wanda how far that is. & papa was taking a nice walk this morning & big stones were lying about everywhere & lots of water was pouring & falling & making a loud noise among the stones & a little way back from the water papa saw some pretty yellow flowers that they call [Mentrelia?] & he said Oh you beautiful flowers let me pick one of you & I will send it to my own pretty Helen & one to my own Wanda & so here they are & you must give

[in margin: Now kiss Papa good night.]

one to Wanda, & here is a little red one for "Mama

When Papa comes home he will bring something more for baby. & she must be a good girl & love her sister Wanda & Mamma & Grandma & Grand Pa.

When Papa was cooking at the white water & the Yellow flowers & the rose bushes he saw two little red babies & they were Indian babies & their mammas were there too & the babies were tied into little baskets & they didnt cry a bit. & their eyes were very black & they looked up at me but there were too small to speak & they looked like this the bunny little muggins & I saw a lot of cunning little squirrels on the mtons like this but it is too dark to make a good squirrel & when I come home I will make a good one




Spokane Falls, W[ashington] T[erritory]

Date Original

1888 Aug 28


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 14.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 1154

Collection Identifier

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

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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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2 pages


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



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