John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


Martinez Nov. 12, 1890

Dear Mr Johnson,

I am at home & have not made the King's River trip at all. After trying to get Keith & others to go with me I made up my mind to go alone & set the day for starting but my father-in-laws health was evidently failing so fast I had to give up the excursion. And it is well I did for in less than a week from the date of my intended start he died. He left us on the last day of October passing on to the better land calmly and painlessly after bidding us all an affectionate farewell. He was 77 years old & his lifes work was all done & well done & closed like a summer day


But it is unspeakably sad to see the sorrow & heartache of little Helen & Wanda. Child love the finest divinest thing on earth. Night after night Helen tells her mother that "My Bup came to me & took me in his arms & kissed me. He is not sick any more but he is strong & carried me as he used to do before" Then sobbing she asks her mother why grandpa cant come in the daytime as he does at night. Of course I have now to care for both farms & leisure for writing will be less than ever still I hope to snatch some hours for literary work. It is now so snowy and late I fear I shall not be able to get into the Canon this season. I think however


that I can write the article from my old notes. I made three trips through the Kings R. Canon & one through the wild middle fork canon with its charming Yosemite. Also I traced in a three months excursion the entire belt of Sequoia from Calaveras to the Kern. I think with you that the Yosemite monopoly ought to be broken up though fair service is rendered the public. You will not have John P Irish in Congress to trouble you. I will send you some of my Kings R sketches in a day or two I dont like most of Robinsons.

Ever yrs truly

John Muir



Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1890 Nov 12


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Reel 06, Image 0725

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