Emily O. [Pelton] Wilson


John Muir



August 23d, 1905

John Muir

Martinez Cal.

Dear old friend I am deeply pained at news which reached me only this day. Mrs Knox writes me that in a Pasadena paper she saw the notice of the death of your wife.
Now Mrs Knox is in Buffalo N.Y. and I have been expected there for more than a week and my mail from Morrison has been forwarded there



I think and if you have written me your letter has probably gone there.
I think it strange none of my California friends have not written me if that item be true - I hope it is not - but I fear if pneumonia once had hold of your wife it would go hard with her.
Much love and sympathy for you all if you are in afflictions and will you not let me hear particulars.
I left Morrison in July and am with my cousin Jessie Harshberger, we have been stopping on the shore of the lake north of Chicago



for near two weeks, but return to her home on the morrow. It is much cooler here than where she lives. I have felt the heat very much this summer, but suppose it has done me no harm to get thoroughly warmed up. We see lots of fruit from our Golden state but not a peach which tastes good from there. Grapes are just in the early varieties. I often think of the lovely ones you sent me last October.
I shall be so glad to hear from you and the girls. Jessie would join me in kind words were she


at home and I shall hope to hear from you soon. Address me at
7116 Princeton Ave
Chicago, Ill.
and I am hoping for news that your home is not desolated. Am thinking of that other Muir who lives in the southern part of the state and often has been mentioned as if it were you or your family. It may be that house.

Your old friend

Emily O Wilson

7116 Princeton Ave.

Chicago Illinois


Chicago, Ill

Date Original

1905-08-23 0:00


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 15, Image 0705

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