Mary M[errill] Graydon


John Muir


1514 Central Ave., [Indianapolis],
July 1st, '98.

My dear Mr. Muir,

Your last letter was but another of your kindnesses. Thank you for this, and all other kindness. I am very sorry about the change for Kate, but feel sure Mr. McChesney was no party to it. For two years she did not receive the salary she "signed for," but there seemed to be no help for it. Kate has many friends in Cal. - to some she is much attached, as yourself and Samuel Alexander. The climate there had been beneficial and the work congenial, but it is so far from home. When one has a daughter like late they should enjoy her oftener than once in 2 years. I thank you for your interest in this matter of her school change, and for the effort in writing the letters.
I thank you too, you and Mrs. Muir, for the freedom Kate feels in going to your home. You could do her no greater kindness than allowing her to take her friends there. We have just received Kate's first letters from the Islands. She is wild as to her views and surroundings - Nature and Humanity combine to make a paradise. What a shock the school racket will give her. Cuban affairs are tame to the war that goes on all the year round in our school board, though it is not politics that causes it.
I hear that you are coming East to see about the publishing of your book. Remember your promise that you would not come East without stopping at Indianapolis, and don't you dare stop anywhere but with the Graydons. We live in the same house where you have twice visited, but the streets and numbers have all been changed, pushed on-Central Ave. and 16th St., or 1514 Central Ave. Now put that on a card, and telegraph from Chicago. How distressingly tired you were when last here. Make us a visit next time.
We are all well. No change in Janet, but Mrs. Moores finds worlds of pleasure in Charles' baby. Sister Kate [Merrill] and Mina still bear the same relation, as substance and shadow. The grandchildren are sweet enough to eat. Mrs. Thomas Hendricks of Cal. is here. The "lily grandmother" still survives. Miss Eliza [Hendricks] grows thinner, but is as domineering as ever. The rest of that family are well.
Now come and see us and stay long. Bring the little? girls! Again I thank you for your letter and for your friendship. With best wishes for you and yours,

Your friend,

Mary M[errill] Graydon





Date Original

1898 Jul 1


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22 cm.

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Reel 10, Image 0245

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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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