Casper Whitney


Casper Whitney


John Muir



After March 1st the editorial and advertising departments will be moved to handsomer and more commodious quarters at 35-37 West 31st Street.
The address of the manufacturing, subscription and circulation departments will be, as formerly, Deposit, New York, where the press and the binderies of The [illegible] Publishing Company are located.


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Dictated - P

February 19, 1906.

My dear Sir:

It gives me a great deal of pleasure to have a line from you and to know that writing for THE OUTING MAGAZINE appeals to you at least. I shall wait patiently for the time, only I hope it wont be too long. I trust your health is very well and that we shall have something in THE OUTING MAGAZINE before a great length of time.

Sincerely yours,


John Muir, Esq.,
Forest Hotel,
Adamonia, Arizona.


[in margin: James Merriam]


How often, when I have seen my poor daughter watching her husband approaching the inevitable, I have wished they might have tried Arizona some years ago -
I feel the greatest desire to see you since your return from your long tour around the world. After every great, new experience of yours I feel sure you have returned with rich stores of observations and deductions, and interesting things to tell - Do tell me if you are not writing the results of your journey - You must not deny them to the world — and if I cannot


S.S. Princess Irene

4 days from NY

Fb 24 06

John Muir


My dear friend-

At last I am on my return to N.Y. after nearly six months - at San Remo where I went to join my daughter Mrs Henry Harland, and her husband, then very ill. You perhaps know that he died just before xmas My daughter is now returning with me. Her husbands mother was also with her son since July last and is with us. I need hardly



say that the months have been a period of great anxiety and sorrow — My last news from you was a word from Adamana with the happy intelligence that you were there with you two daughters and that Helen was riding 30 miles a day from which I was sincerely happy to infer that her health was restored. Thank Heaven!- She has been so good with me from time to time. I wish I could believe I might sometime thank her personally at Muir - but I dare not count


upon such pleasure as seeing you all again in that lovely home though it seems less impossible then it used to-
How well, that when the light went out of the home, you all found a spot where you could watch the dear [illegible]lid and see her growing daily better in health. I believe there is no such spot in all Europe. The Riviera where Harland for two years hoped to regain his health and finally died, doesn't offer a little of the hope of cure in such cases as your Arizona desert - though few [young?] women could be brave enough to seek it and force themselves to stay & get well [there?]


of the Club could send him a pr[illegible] &c
He was an officer of the British Army in India, and his wife, I think, grew up near their present home - they travel much & are nice people - He tells me he knows Mr Keith. His wife is a joyous, merry hearted woman who would be delightful on an outing.
What have you published since your return from the East, (we say east - but perhaps you call it West)?
Believe me always with most love admiration of your daughters and of your great hearted and wisely philosophic self

Your friend J. S. Merriam.


enjoy them without, almost th[illegible] [illegible] of Robin Hood to seek you out.
And I am sure your keen observation has produced much to tell of the Fossil Forests in which I assume you lived at Alamana and all through that wonderful belt of trees so strangely preserved from decay - I never forget the one day I spent in [driving?] to the cliffs and among the [ships?] of that great lumber yard & logs cast down from the logers above. Will you not let me know



what you write touching all this or anything else- for you have few more sincere lovers of your books, or articles or talks than your old friend — whose hair is growing no darker and whose face no younger - but in all he loses he loves the more your poetry of nature, and our matchless interpretation - and thank heaven he is permitted to see so much with your eyes -
Do you, or let the girls, call my attention to it all—


during the few years that remain to me- You are blessed that so much light remains to lighten your home.—
So long away from so rich a nature only can be made up for by days or nights of talk.
We shall be back in a few days but my own home is broken up, though my son's is open to me. It is all so much more difficult in a great [illegible] city, to reestablish an ingle side.
On board, there is a Captain Francis Ward & wife of Kenwood Senoma County - who much desire to join the Sierra Club- Perhaps the Secty


New York

Date Original

1906 Feb 19


Original letter dimensions: 14 x 21.5 cm.

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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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