C. Hart Merriam
June 9, 1904.
Dear Mr Muir:
Welcome home! How sweet and glad it must seem.
But like a rock rolling down hill, you have got so used to [illegible] that you can't stop and I wouldn't be surprised if you turned up here. Wouldn't it be great to bring the girls and give us a surprise. Then we would all go back to California together!
We are all delighted to know that you are safely back - and no doubt in splendid general condition in spite of the fact that you celebrated a little too
freely and, as you say, were "too full to write" and had to get Helen to do it for you! And I must tell Helen that one of the first duties of a good secretary is not to let the 'Boss' say (on paper) things he had better keep to himself! Guess I'll have to tell Keith! By the way, how is he? Well & active I trust. Hope to see you both before very log, but it may be the 5th or even 10th of July before I can get off - am still so overwhelmed here. Nine of the Harriman volumes are now sent & on sale, and the 10th (really vol. 12_ will follow soon. So you see I am not idle outside of office. Besides, I'm writing a Bear Book - jus to
amuse Helen, & straighten out this [illegible] of my pocket.
All my [numerous?] [illegible], want to go to California, but it is doubtful if any [that?] [the?] old man go this year.
What a wonderful trip you have had! I'd like just one like it myself. I enjoyed your letters immensely and would have answered had you given me any address.
Saw Gannett last night. He is well and inquired after you.
When the registered mail gets through to Martinez Mrs Muir will receive a few photographs I've had enlarged for her. I expected to get them done by Xmas, but all [sorts?] of things have happened to present.
All of us join in best love to all of you - as[illegible] yrs
C. Hart Merriman
1904 Jun 09
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 26.5 cm.
Merriam, C., "Letter from C. Hart Merriam to John Muir, 1904 Jun 9." (1904). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2789.
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