John Muir


John Muir


Helen [Muir]



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

John Muir



Victoria, B. C.

Date Original

1897 Aug 19


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 22 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 09, Image 1046

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