Katharine M[errill] Graydon


John Muir



desire of my heart while our mother is still with us. She was very ill in the spring, and tho better now, is very much broken. It seemed strange that she should collapse with physically and mentally so suddenly after seventy of such unusual health; but so it is. Aunt Julia's slight hold on life continence still slighter. The boys are well, are working very hard are as devoted as they should be to their pail mother.
Aunt Mina is the same Aunt Mina, only more so - poor lonely soul. She sees so life for herself. My blessed sisters grow ([illegible] very [illegible]) finer than ever. Goodbye.


Oalen College,


Mr. Muir,

Again I am back at my Honolulu work, living about as when you saw me here. The past blessed year has left me better in spirit, stronger in body; indeed, it has shown me that I can live in Indianapolis a more satisfying and larger life than in Honolulu, and

[in margin: Send me a word, send me a [illegible], send me a [illegible] of some kind. With love to the family,
I am Sincerely
[illegible] Katharine M. Graydon.
Nov. 3. 1906.]



as soon as convenient I mean to make the change. For it I am working, and planning, and praying.
It was a disappointment not to see you all as I came th[illegible]. in September, but my visiting was cut short and I did not linger - I could not It is a long while since I have heard of [illegible] from you such stretch of silence I with might not be. I hope you will write soon, and tell of yourself, of Helen's health, of Wanda's marriage, which, by chance, I have heard. Knew I her new have, I should,


write her. Oh, tell me everything! I never wander [beyond?] my interest in and affection for the Muirs. That you must know. When does your new book come out? What are you now working on?
I bought a lot, while at home, and am pegging away now to accumulate enough to put up a home. Think of it, the Graydons to have their own home" before they pass on to their eternal mansion! It seems to good too be true, I pan for that little home by day and by night, and am most eager to accomplish this

[in margin: I must tell you that this [illegible] has on it 13 pres[illegible]]


Honolulu [Hawaii]

Date Original

1906 Nov 3


Original letter dimensions: 15.5 x 25 cm.

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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