Irene G. Wheelock
are yours. You can never be lonely with so much to know and to do, as well as to remember. Forgive me for trespassing on your time, Mr Muir, my envy got the better of me.
My book is in press and as soon as it is out, in November I shall take pleasure in sending you a copy.
Please remember me kindly to Mrs Muir, your daughters and your sister. I shall
1040 Hinman Ave Evanston Ill.
September 16. 1903.
Mr John Muir,
The enclosed letter will be no greater surprise to you than it is to myself. I have this moment taken it from the pocket of my travelling writing case where it has lain unsuspected for more than a year. What you must think of me I can not surmise. I offer no excuse for my careless-
ness except that in the confusion of travel it slipped out of sight and I supposed I had mailed it.
I waited long and eagerly for a reply and finally decided you had "turned me down". So we have had no one write the introduction to "Birds of California." It was a great disappointment to me that you took no notice at all of my appeal for I hoped
you would consider it favorably. The disappointment is tenfold more keen since I now discover that it has been due to my own carelessness.
I thought of you so often during that July, as climbing the high Sierras with your daughters. Afterward I saw the article on the subject and the excellent pictures of the Sierra Club members- How much you have enjoyed in this life, Mr Muir! The secrets of the mountains
best wishes & thanking you for your kind invitation & best wishes I [illegible] etc
not soon forget the day I spent with them. If at anytime, you or any of your family come to Chicago please do me the favor of allowing me to welcome you or them to my home as guests
Believe me very penitently yours
Irene G. Wheelock.
Martinez 24, 1904 -
Dear Mrs Wheelock
Your kind letters, after their many adventures one of them lying hidden & smothered a year in your pocket. Then the twins setting forth on their travels around & across & along the world have at last reached me
forwarded from Peking China. One of them a year old the other more than 2 yrs & still as good as new in their same package & with yours came ten from my own family In [this?] m[illegible] [May?] 1903 I went with President Roosevelt to Yosemite Then started on an excursion more than a year long. Visited many of the famous parks & art galleries of Europe spending almost a week or ten days at London, at Pa[illegible] [illegible] Rotterdam Amsterdam the Hague [illegible]yden, St Petersburg Moscow - From Moscow I went to S[illegible] thence along the Black Sea to Botoum then to Tiffis, through the Caucasus by the Darliel Pass back to Moscow, Then across the [illegible]s, Siberia, M[illegible]
looking at forests [illegible] gls people etc. from [Vladivostock?] to Korea Japan China Singapore India Up the Himalaya Thence to Egypt. up the Nile thence to Ceyl[illegible] to Australia, N. Z. M[illegible] Hong Kong & home by way of Japan & [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] [illegible] travel in the woods letters had hard work to find me. But the loss of your letter was no loss to your book for it is all rightly [illegible] has beautiful p[illegible] in bright & [illegible], & will able to make its way on its own wings.
We all remember your visit with pleasure & hope to see you at our [homes after?] wh[illegible] You come to this [illegible] th[illegible] c[illegible]
1903 Sep 16
Original letter dimensions: 16 x 24 cm.
Wheelock, Irene G., "Letter from Irene G. Wheelock to John Muir, 1903 Sep 16." (1903). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2698.
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