John Muir


[John Muir]


[Helen & Wanda Muir]


May's June 3/06 - Sunday

Darlings, I'm here as usual for a day after a hard weeks work in the University Library in the paleontology alcove where I sit silent & alone from morn til eve wandering in the deeper silence of the enchanted old, old forests of the coal age The hours & days go on neither long or short glorious for imagination & mind, but tough for the old paleontological body nearing 70. There is no fatness in this work - only leanness, I'm getting thinner though fairly well fed. I get up at six am in the Sig woods from 9 to 5. with an hour or so for lunch at the Faculty Club where I meet the Profs not only of the University here but many from other universitys visiting here. I have also met a number of

& make plans for repairs, but I have not seen or heard from him since. He had to go to the Tuolumne Camp on business there. He said it would be hard to leave the work he has got into in the burned city & seemed so full of building plans & schemes I shall not be surprised if he does not take up the ranch work at all. And how Helen & I are to keep house alone I don't see or even guess as I wander in the enchanted forest. A few quick fleeting almanac years at most will show as far as the old man may count. But you are both well & happy as your Adamana letters tell & so of course am I.
And now to come out of all this dreamland & down to sublunary


[Martinez, Calif.]

Date Original

1906 Jun 3


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Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 16, Image 0263

Collection Identifier

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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