Aug. 19 1897
My dear Helen,
I felt awfully frightened when mamma telegraphed you had the whooping cough. I wanted to go right home to you, but it said you were nearly well I wish I could get a letter from you, but Ive been moving about so much I hardly expect to receive any letters until I get back to Port Townsend which will be in about two weeks. Then I mean to start for home. We are going over to Port Townsend tomorrow morning, then out to the woods thirty miles from there to see some big trees & on the 22d we sail for Alaska.
Ive had a horrid cold whooping cough I guess by the noise I made & have been unable to do any writing though more & more orders are chasing me for letters for the papers. Today I feel better & made some notes Some day we'll all come up here & have a grand view of the mountains & streams &
forests & gardens all so beautiful You must be very careful not to take more cold. I do hope Midge the days are not so hot now. & you must all try to cheer up Grandma who has spent so much of her life working for & cheering up others. & Maggie too. Tell Mary Im sorry the mining craze has so blocked up travel so that I could not make arrangements in time for an excursion for her. But she must just come another year when everything clears. I suppose poor mamma is tired out with anxious watching . & Wanda will now be the only strong one & mainstay of the household. Heaven bless you darling, & all of you. Give my anxious love to everybody How glad Ill be to get back
Ever Your affectionate papa
Victoria, B. C.
1897 Aug 19
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 22 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to Helen [Muir], 1897 Aug 19." (1897). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2001.
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