C. Hart Merriam


C. Hart Merriam


John Muir



It looks as if we would leave Washington May 2 and arrive in San Francisco about the middle of the month, going [illegible] Santa Fe & the Grand Canon. I hope to take the 3 girls along.
Congress did little by us than usual this year (though not by me personally). We are sending expeditions to Mexico, Alaska, & Great B[illegible] and shall have field parties, as usual, in New Mexico & California.
Burroughs was here for a day or so a few [mths?] ago & thought he might go to California with us. He said he would like to return John Muir's call.
Every night when [we?] [illegible] the nuts & raisins we think of your kind thoughtfulness.
The 3 girls join in kindest regards to you & yours.


C. Hart Merriam

To John Muir



March 20, 1903

My dear Mr. Muir:

So you thought I was never going to send you those photos! Well, it certainly looked that way. Washington is a good place for some things but not for photographers. When I finally got a man started at our work he had only got [illegible] [illegible] up when he suddenly took sick & fell into bed with a fever and didn't show up again for about 6 weeks. Then he [was?] naturally slow - like Helen's [brown?] horse.



Speaking of Helen reminds me that in her numerous letters she always forgets to tell us her choice of those stories. But her letters are awfully funny & Mrs Merriam & the children laugh till the tears run down their cheeks every time one comes. [Zenaida?] says they sound a little old for Helen and she suspects her father's influence is tending to make her fremat[illegible]y antiquated; but Dorothy says they are just right; and we were all delighted with the one about the 3-legged cow and the bluejay. We all think she ought to typewrite this one and send it to Youth's [Companion?].
But why dont you ever show up at this end of the


line? Have you made up your mind to look fierce and live and die in California without giving your far away friends a chance to impose on you in their own homes? Too bad. [illegible]os'e you are too busy writing book reviews & travelers guides!
Now I'm about to give you a big surprise. I'm a rival of Cook & Kay[[illegible]d & have determined to go into the traveling ch[illegible] business. Perhaps this does not describe it exactly. The thing [is?] this, I have undertaken to conduct' a "specially conducted party" across the continent. This first time it is a party of bird c[illegible] and their friends, with a strong Presbyterian flavor on your account


Washington, D.C.

Date Original

1903 Mar 20


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 27 cm.

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Reel 13, Image 0308

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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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