Loula Perry Osborn


John Muir





850 Madison


New York City

January 3rd.

My dear Mr Muir

It is a most pleasant coincidence that you should have thought of me, just when we were about to send you one [Exmas] thought; [and] a Happy New Year to you, and your "treasures". This photograph of you, I send to Mrs Muir, knowing she and the girls, will value it, more than your modesty will allow you to do; we think it very good, and it is from one of Perry's photographs, and

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the original of this is done in India ink, and is in my husband's library, while this one is a photograph, from the India ink one = it re-calls many happy hours spent with you, and the delightful trip we made together
We enjoyed the resume [diacritic] of your Forestry Commission work, and how interesting to go from one to another of Nature's grand creations and as you used to say, how beautiful the world is! Those redwoods, I wish I might see them, and I am ambitious enough to hope I some day to see that Grand Colorado Canon [diacritic] with you, and the Yosemite too!


It never would do, nor could we go to the Yosemite without you, so you see there are little pleasure in store, if we keep not standing, fixed, nor rooted!!
We are all well; we found our bairns, well and happy on our return, under the care of a doting Grandmother here, and a loving Father in Heaven. Our autumn we spent at Garrison's, until my husband college & museum duties and children's school re-called us here, and now all is fairly launched on the waters of activity, occupation, and duty of various kinds.
Prof. Osborn writing, between his lectures, and desperately trying & determined to finish his opus magnus, "Am. Mammalian Fossils" this year 1897. eleven years, of work, already devoted to it. between other writing & duties. You must show, why the world was made so wide, and come soon and see us, and bring your girls. Virginia [sends] you her [love], and hopes you will bring Wanda when you come. Let us know as soon, as anything emanates from your workshop in Literary form; "The Mountains of California" is a constant pleasure to us. Write us at any time of your intended arrival either here (or at Garrison after May 15th,) and [with?] very good wishes from Prof. Osborn, I am,

Ever Cordially yours,

Loulu Perry Osborn


New York

Date Original

1897 Jan 3


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm.

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

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



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