Melville B. Anderson


John Muir


Menlo Park, 26 July, 1905 -

Dear Mr Muir:

Katharine Graydon has been with us, and has told us how you are now in the deep waters. Let me express the hope that they will not quite go over you. It makes me sad to think I am likely never again to see Mrs. Muir, whom I had learned to respect so deeply. I can only hope and pray that fate may deal kindly with her, and with you.
I am thinking much of you these days, dear friend. How hard it must be for you all to have to leave


Helen so far away and alone! But she will no doubt find tender friends.
Since you came from the Orient it has been one of my dearest wishes to hear you tell about the Himalayas. But I have not quite dared to intrude upon you.
To have Miss Graydon here has opened wells of feeling that had long been sealed. It has been a pleasure, but a very sad one. What a tragedy is life, at best!
I wish I could speak some adequate word of sympathy to you and yours. Is there such? - Good be with you, & let me write myself

Affectionately yours,

Melville B. Anderson

[Prof Anderson]

P.S. I do not of course know what Mrs. Muir's present state may be, but my wife and I would like to have her know that we are feeling deep sympathy and concern. My wife saw Mrs. Muir but once, but was inspired with admiration for her. Please remember us both cordially to Wanda.




Menlo Park [Calif.]

Date Original

1905-07-26 0:00


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 28 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 15, Image 0605

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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