John Muir


John Muir


Mother [Ann G. Muir]


Martinez, Sep. 25, 1895

My dear Mother,

I'm fairly settled at home again and the six weeks mountaineering of this summer in my old haunts are over & now live only in memory & notebooks like all the other weeks in the Sierra. But how much I enjoyed this excursion or indeed any excursion in the wilderness I am not able to tell. I must have been born a mountaineer & the climbs & scootchers of boyhood days about the old Dunbar Castle & on the roof of our house made fair beginnings. I suppose old age will put an end to scrambling in rocks & ice, but I can still climb as well as ever.
I am trying to write another book but this is harder than mountaineering.
We are all well as usual. Mrs. Strentzel is somewhat better. Maggie is looking unusually well. She was here this afternoon & Helen & Wanda are very well & Louie about as usual. So are David's folks. David is making fair headway on his new business. I got the paper you sent about old Dunbar memories & was much interested


[in margin: Love to all. I wish I could see You. Ever affectionately Your Son
Your postal arrangements are wretched. I suppose that every kitten in the world will be a cat before you receive this.


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1895 Sep 25


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 08, Image 1193

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