John Muir


John Muir


Wife [Louie Wanda Muir]



Southern Pacific seeing some trees in Texas that I have not yet seen. This will take a week or two longer but I should learn enough to pay for the extra time. If however Sargent should not get well soon I'll most likely bolt straight home the nearest way. One [morning?] in N.Y. is to be given Tesla another Leggett. Pinchot is in Washington, Johnson wants me to go to see the President & preach forestry to him but I guess I wont in the midst of present politics. While out riding this morning I gathered some of the rare walking fern-Camptosorus which I send by this mail. Of course you will be careful to make it grow

Ever Your affectionate husband

J Muir



Nov. 3, 1898

Dear Louie.

I'm enjoying a fine rest this lovely day the first of the Indian summer so cool so calm so bright & the colors are still glorious in the valleys though long past prime on the highlands along the Hudson I came here from N.Y. last evening with Mr Osborn & received the heartiest most devoted welcome imaginable what a charming home it is in the hushed tranquil woods though so near huge Babylon New York!
I wrote you Wednesday of my charming visit to Gilder's



Four brook home in the Berkshire Hills, I arrived from there in N.Y. Tuesday eve went to Johnson. Staid overnight & dined & breakfasted with hero Hobson a splendid fellow who looks all he is, I raised a big laugh at the dinner table when in talking about my southern trip I said that Hobson's heroism in sinking the ship amid a rain of bullets was nothing to that required in sinking ourself in the beds of southern hotels so dirty they [wire?] & so deadly the smells etc. This forenoon Mr & Mrs Osborn took me on a fine drive. Through the hills & mtns hereabouts. The views of the river & the woods & glens were charming. I'm having a most delicious rest commenced in Gilder's lovely cottage - a rest which is showing me how profoundly tired I was, & how hard & stunning a blow that sickness had dealt me. I'm now feeling like myself again. I expect to be here until Monday then on a day or two later if Sargent is well enough & the way through the south is open I expect to start for Florida & thence home by the


Wing and Wing, Garrison-on-Hudson [N.Y.]

Date Original

1898 Nov 3


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 23 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0435

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