Helen Douglas Greame


John Muir



San Juan, Cal.

May 9, 1903.

My dear Mr. Muir-

It is nearly a year since the three girls and the "Judge - Riller" had the time of their lives in going to the wonderful Kern Canon [diacritic] and Mt. Whitney with you. And this coming summer is going to find us widely scattered
Mrs. Dickey and Donald in Iowa - Marian in Italy - Mr. Gannett in Manila and Ellie is undecided yet, while I have decided in the winter just past to give up single blessedness, and marry a man who loves the mountains as much as I do. He is Austin Sperry, a nephew of the



Mr. Sperry who used to [illegible] the Calaveras Grove. The wedding is to be this summer, and our wedding trip to be in the mountains, but you must not tell any one. I wanted to tell you because I knew you would appreciate our pleasure and delight in getting home to those grand old mountains.
I hear you are going to Yosemite with the president, and I hope you will use all your influence to save the Calaveras Grove. How I envy him the privilege of going with you.
I have been spending the winter reading and studying your books, and have been getting to go back there



with far more knowledge than I had when I started for Kings River Canon [diacritic] the 29th of last June.
Last summer was a glorious summer and this coming summer will be too, and I look forward to many many happy summers, learning more each year, and at present I am very much interested in reading up about your favorite ouzel, and want to watch and study the little [singer?] this year.
I shall live in San Francisco after my marriage, and I hope sometime to have you meet Mr. Sperry.
With best wishes to your for your summer

I am most sincerely yours

Helen Douglas Greame.

P.S. I'm going to lose my fine Scotch name.



San Juan, Calif.

Date Original

1903 May 9


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.

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Reel 13, Image 0508

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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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