Katherine [Merrill] Graydon


John Muir



The matter it would be righted as soon as could be.
My plans are not made. I may go home soon I may linger a little while. I can not see my way "at [birds?] their [tracklers?] park". I'm too sore to decide.
I hope you are all well. Give my love to the family and don't go back on me now!
When do you go East and how long to be gone? Of course I know not where you are, but this will reach Mrs. Muir if not yourself. Thank you for writing to my mother

Ever Sincerely,

28 July

Katharine Graydon


July 28, [1898]

2530 College Ave.


Dear Mr. Muir,

Here I am back in my Berkeley home after the Hawaiian trip. There is much to tell you of the islands - far more beautiful are they than I had ever fancied - and when I can come [illegible] I shall do so.
Now I am cast down over this unhappy school affair, and I can't see a step ahead. Our friend McChesney has played a pretty trick - the whole



thing is dire to him and nobody else, though he goes around excusing himself at great rate for he begins to feel the odium falling expose him. Hope the Lord will forgive me for despising him so, but I detest a coward and a liar, both of which he has shown himself. I suppose you will say "I told you so". After all the professions of friendship that man has made during my stay here, after his goodbye words to me, that when Mr. Alexander was safely in Europe and I at


sea, he could act so, in past my comprehension. The Board of directors blame him as well as the [cour?] murrily, while my friends are most indignany. When he see you he will have some pretty excuse. but don't you believe one word of it. And then, Mrs. Mc writing to you from the Yosemite, simply to disarm you!
All the friends are most kind but all the same this thing hurts. I do not think I deserve it. Every member of the Board whom I have seem has acknowledged it a wrong, has censured Mr. McChesney and has said


Berkeley [Calif.]

Date Original

1898 Jul 28


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm.

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


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