John Muir


John Muir


[James] Murdock


Martinez, Cal.
October 13, 1905.

Dear Mr. Murdoch:

I thank you very much for your kind letter of sympathy in our bereavement. My noble wife suffered but little, and up to the last day fully expected to recover. Her only care seemed to be about Helen who had pneumonia about two years ago, and the affected lung is still a source of constant anxiety to Wanda and I [me] . She recovered so rapidly she took no heed to the danger of overexertion; consequently she has had two dangerous relapses - the last, only a few weeks ago in Arizona where she now is, but has made quick recovery and already seems almost perfectly well.
I have been here at the desolate home a few days on business, and will return to Adamana, Arizona, tomorrow. Helen will remain there in the dry air probably a year longer, and Wanda and I with her. The last terrible lesson will, I think, make her more careful and all of us more watchful. The place we are stopping at is on the Santa Fe railroad, about 250 miles East of the Grand Canon.
I wish we could have the pleasure of seeing you again. We all remember your visit as a source of enjoyment, and I am

Faithfully yours,
John Muir.03447


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1905-10-13 0:00


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 15, Image 0811

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

Owning Institution

University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date



1 page



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.