John Muir


John Muir


[J. E.] Calkins


Adamana, Arizona.

Apr. 8, 1906.

Dear Mr Calkins

I am very glad to hear from you again & sorry I am not at home in California to welcome you there. Since I last wrote you my wife died & my daughter Helen had a severe attack of pneumonia from which she has not completely recovered but is getting well slowly. For her sake I have been in Arizona for nearly a year. Most of the time on the high dry plateau about Adamana. My other daughter Wanda is here also most of the time & the old home at Martinez is closed.
For a long time I was stunned & deadly tired, but hard work in the wonderful petrified forests hereabouts has brought back something of the hold free life with Mother Nature


Can't you come & visit me here? I should be delighted Adamana on the Santa Fe R.R. is easily reached & I would show you not only the Forests of sil[illegible]fied trees known to tourists but four new ones discovered by Helen & I in the beautiful bad lands within a radius of eight or ten miles of the Sta[illegible] & by the many fine specimens I have found - Segillarias & their dotted stigmari roots - Lepidodendrons, Cycad Tree ferns etc etc besides oldest pines & Araucarias- restore for you in some measure the enchanting auld lang syne forests of the Carboniferous Period.
Do come if you can. We are as near you here as in California. Anyhow I am faithfully yours

John Muir



Adamana, Arizona.

Date Original

1906 Apr 8


Original letter dimensions: 33 x 21 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 16, Image 0153

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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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