Helen Muir


Helen Muir


[John Muir]



you, as soon as you get this letter. And write to Aunt Margaret herself for it would make her so happy, she misses you so - as we all do.
And now dear Papa take good care of yourself, and write soon to your loving daughter

Helen Muir.


Auckland N.Z. 23rd. Mch 1904

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This letter as handed to, and opened by us, as no one of the name of John Muir is known here.
Should I ever hear of Mr. John Muir I will inform him, you had written to him.
I leave Auckland by steamer following the one which carries this letter (or 20th April) on a visit to the old country via Vancouver but in the interval will make every enquiry in order if possible to locate your relative.

Yours truly

James Muir.


Martinez, California

March 1[st?], 1904.

Dear Papa,

Since I wrote last we received one more letter from you, to make us all happy. But I do wish we could know just where to write, you would not seem quite so far away then I have been wondering whether you have received the first letter I sent to Auckland. If you receive this one please cable to us just where to write.
We are all about as usual here, Mama is fairly well Aunt Margaret is a little better and able to go about the house and yard. Wanda is studying hard at Berkeley but keeps well, and we see her every Saturday. I am feeling perfectly well once more



and am steadily gaining strength. You will hardly know me when you get home, for I weigh 140 lbs! You see I am catching up with you dear Papa. May and Arthur are planing to build a house.
Uncle David came over yesterday afternoon to see about renting the place. Will Muir is going to rent the part Mr. Westlake had.
I received a note from Aunt Sarah last week, saying she had been sick but was now much better. She and Anna Eastman are coming down here to make us a visit some time this spring. They are still undecided


what is best for them to do.
It has been rainy here for the last two weeks - and everyone is thankful. We now have abou[t?] 17 inches in all. Every thing is putting out green leaves, and the almond trees are in full bloom, even the peach trees are beginning to blossom. This has been a lovely day, and we feel that spring is coming. I can hardly realize that where you are it is summer time.
Underwood Bros. have sent you a complete set of photo's. of the President's Western trip, among them is one of you and the President standing on Glacier Point. It is a wonderful picture, for you both seem so lifelike, I can almost see you standing there. But I want to see you yourself. Come home as soon as you can. In the meantime write often to us and cable us where to write to


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1904 Mar 1


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 26.5 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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