ADAMANA, ARIZ., Feb. 19, 1906
Dear Mr Murdock:
I thank you for your kind sympathetic letter of last September. Only those who have suffered the same loss can possibly understand its influence.
I had to make haste to my daughter Helen who had a dangerous relapse after a severe attack of pneumonia. She has been here ever since our sad loss, & though much better now & seemingly well on the way toward complete recovery she is still a source of great anxiety & care, & may have to remain in Arizona for another year or more. Either Wanda or I has always been with her, most of the time we are both here.
I have of course done no literary work since August, but am beginning
to take long rides over the plateaux hereabouts studying the wonderful fossil forests of the Carboniferous period which flourished over an extensive area in glorious luxuriance in this plateau region, - pines, arancarias lepidodendrons, sigillarias, calamites, tree ferns etc opening most impressive & magnificent views into God's auld lang syne. This hard work & hard enjoyment I find good for all sorrow & care.
The photograph came safely & is very fine though at first sight I hardly recognized you in it. The papers too I have to thank you for, Letters sent here or to Martinez will reach me as they are forwarded to wherever I happen to be. Should you come to America again be sure to stop off & visit us at Adamana & I'll show you a grand lot of geological wealth With kindest wishes I am ever faithfully & gratefully yours John Muir.
1906 Feb 19
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [James] Murdock, 1906 Feb 19." (1906). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3487.
Reel 16, Image 0105
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