John Muir


John Muir


[Katharine M.] Graydon


[Original letter returned to Miss Katharine Merrill Graydon].

Martinez, California,
Dec. 15, '06.

My dear Miss Graydon,

We were all glad to hear from you once more in your balmy island home, in good health and hopes after so long a silence. How letter-mute the whole Merrill family have been for a year or more. The last three years have been full of change and trouble and anxious care. Helen is still far from well, though much better, and we hope the sick lung will at length be completely healed.
Wanda married a civil engineer,-Mr. Hanna.- Her name and address is now Mrs. Wanda Muir Hanna. Martinez. They are going to live in the adobe and run the ranch. Helen and I in the big house on the knoll. Sister Maggie is about as usual, so are the Swetts and Colemans. My brother David and his wife now live in Pacific Grove. I am glad the Graydons are to have a home of their own. How happy you must be in the planning and building of it. Give them my love when next you write.
For the last three months we have been repairing the earthquake-shaken house, about as big a job as building a new one. As for books I haven't written a word for the press in the last three years. Surely you will come to see us on your way home. May you find many blessings in the coming New Year, and believe me,

Ever your friend.
John Muir

[*from Honolulu.]

[Envelope addressed Miss Katherine M. Graydon, Oahu College, Honolulu, H.I.]



Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1906 Dec 15


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 16, Image 0437

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