Abbigaill Allen


Abbigaill Allen


[John Muir]



Hope you will soon write again and have more encouragement to give us and accept our best wishes and words from the dear girls will be a pleasant tonic while we are so far away from friends.

Faithfully yours

Abbigail Allen

San Jose



San Jose

October Ninth 1905

Dear Friends

It was very good of you to respond to my hastily written letter and pleased was I to receive the encouraging words of your convalesence and the hopeful lines of the daughters improvement.
It seems a long time to wait for words when one is so anxious for words containing good news, lest they be the reverse.



It was in this wish, but so much better then I I am place them to coppy a paragraph to be sure I am right in the wording.
I am glad to tell you Ive am all well and our Hattie was of on her outing coming to see me while Jessie has gone to city and will have a change of scene & air, while Hattie is staying with me. Our new tenants who have taken all of the lower floor are very pleasant and companionable


I was so filed with anxiety after hearing of the mothers death, I think I must have written these lines of comfort just to ease my mind, and hoping they would be acceptable to all of you and give you a grain of real comfort, as they have been to me. I committed them to memory so as to be sure I should have them at hand, when the nights grew long and my thoughts grew too heavy to bear.

[in margin: Mrs. Chas. H Allen
one of the last


If we could only know as St John must have known after his vision the presence of God into which our friend enters on the other side the higher standards the wider fellowship with all his race and the new assurance of personal immortality in God; if we could know all this, how how all this how all this would give way to something almost like a burst



of triumph as the sould which we loved went forth to such vast enlargement to such glorious continuation of its earthly life.

Phillips Brooks.


San Jose

Date Original

1905-10-09 0:00


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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Reel 15, Image 0795

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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