George Hansen


Geo[rge] Hansen


John Muir




June 28th., 1904.


You do hot know much about this house, and as t know that you dont waste time reading newspapers, I thought you would like to step in our circle just for ten minutes relief in your studies. I, or rather we, send you two letters that arrived from our neighbors who "do" Europe. They were perfect strangers to us till, now seven years since, I laid out their little bit of creek garden (below Keelers),(one man told me never to mention that I had anything to do with their garden because nobody could tell that anything had been done to it). Not till two sad death entered their homelife and till I got of my underpinning did they enter our homelife. (Mr. M. was a retired banker, and the widow is worth, at best, a round one hundred thousand). During two long years this old lady has come to this backdoor of ours not less than once a week, mostly oftener, never once with empty hands, if it be but a sprig of sweetbrier, or sprucelimb (that I had planted) and never once has she spoken to me one word abort my aliment. What else she and her daughter (who came regularly playing piano for us by the hour) have been to us, God keeps track of in his garden where he plants a daisy for every good deed of ours. - And as they are to us, so to everybody, and their company recruits from the highways and byways.
I have asked my friends "back hone" to be good to them. You see what Mr. o'Brien does; and their Christmas was in the hones of my best friends in the town where I was born.
Please, let us have the letters back, and do not waste words commenting. Just an envelope and stamp, and your postmark "Martinez"; the rest we know.

03392Swe had a man yesterday cleaning the yard before summerschool students come in and could get their dresses filled with stickers. He was a perfectly new man to us. When he left he divided his wages with the child outside and he run in to slip it into his mother's purse. Our house is built upon rock, and whoever touches its foundation draws the crystalspring of living water. I pray to God that he mix one drop of it into each draft that any of our friends drink anywhere.

Who took [illegible] to put it into his bank book

Your friend,



Berkeley, Calif.

Date Original

1904 Jun 28


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 14, Image 0282

Collection Identifier

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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