[Robert Underwood] Johnson
Martinez June 10/06
Dear Mr Johnson
I'm very glad to hear from you again. Mr Gilder told me you were managing the Vesuvius lava floods & thunders & in the midst of all this hard exciting nerve trying work was seeking tidings of me & mine
We are all pretty well Helen who has been in Arizona nearly a year hopes to get back home in the fall about as sound & well as ever, all the pain gone from the sick lung at last. Wanda is with her but is coming home soon to be married. Then I ll go back to Adamana for the summer to care for Helen & study Sigellaria Lepidodendron etc in the auld lang syne enchanted forests--
The earthquake did us but little harm shook down chimneys etc, & some brick buildings in Martinez But San Francisco Heavens what desolation!! For strength & beauty only cinder & ashes I was in Arizona at the time. Only Wanda was at home. Ten of thousands are still coming from evereywhere to the terrible show.
I haven't written anything but have been hard at work on the wonderful forests.--A bill is now before Congress making the first discovered forests 144 square miles in area a National Park. Hope it will pass.
The resolution accepting Yosemite passed the house under suspension of the rules more than a week ago & we hope no great opposition will be encountered in the Senate. Ive been watching closely & doing all I could in every way, Cannon at last becoming quite friendly Kittrige in the Senate to our surprise has been giving us a good deal of trouble but we hope to hear any day that the end of
the long confounded battle has been reached in victory
I mean to try to write something about the stone trees this fall if all goes well
Watch the Yosemite resolution--Remeber me to Mrs Johnson & the children & Gilders--
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Robert Underwood] Johnson, 06 Jun 10." (1906). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3543.
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