John Muir


[John Muir]


Helen [Muir]



I am enjoying a fine rest. I have "the blue room" in this charming home & it has the daintiest linen & embroidery I ever saw. The bed is so soft & fine I like to lie awake to enjoy it instead of sleeping a servant brings me a cup of coffee before I rise. This morning when I was sipping coffee in bed, a red squirrel looking in the window at me from

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a big tulip tree & seemed to be saying as he watched me "Oh John Muir! Camping tramping treeclimbing scrambler! Churr, Churr why have you left us, chip churr who would have thought it



November 4. 1898

My darling Helen,

This is a fine calm thoughtful morning, bracing and sparkling, just the least touch of hoarfrost quickly melting where the sunbeams, streaming through between the trees, fall in yellow plashes and lances on the lawns. Every now and then a red or yellow leaf comes swirling down, though there is not the slightest breeze. Most of the hickories are leafless now, but the big buds on the


ends of the twigs are full of baby leaves and flowers that are already planning and thinking about next summer. Many of the maples, too, and the dogwoods are showing leafless branches; but many along the sheltered ravines are still rejoicing in all their glory of color, and look like gigantic goldenrods. God’s forests, my dear, are among the grandest of terrestrial things that you may look forward to.
I have not heard from Prof Sargent since he left New York a week ago, and so I don’t know whether he is ready to go to Florida, but I’ll hear soon, and then I’ll know nearly the time I’ll get home. Anyhow, it won’t be long.


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

Date Original

1898 Nov 4


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0443

Collection Identifier

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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