Annie Muir Webster


John Muir


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Philadelphia Dec-22-1906

John Muir-

My dear John Muir-

I am so happy to have a letter from you, that I want to thank you at once - you will surely come to my house if you come last, and I will be so glad to visit you in your home should I have the good fortune to go to the far west. It was raining this morning when the postman delivered the letters, and i had been watching the rain pour down the trunk of a beautiful maple tree, just at my window, and with the wrinkled bark, looked as though it were trying to resist the wet: I am sending you a Kodak picture of myself and little grandchild, standing in the drive way. I planted all the vines


[running over?] the fence. Vines will live and grow for me while flowers will not. Vines are like the children, they cling to me. (I have five and I am sure of their love._ Back of the drive way, are fine trees where when it snows, I walk, and look up to the strong straight arms laden with snow and tell them how beautiful they are. I love the trees, and the solitude of the woods, and still there is a sadness about it. Why do things we love fill us with awe and sadness?
If we cannot claim the same ancestors it is too bad for the resemblance is so strikingly strong that I cannot but feel that you would see it. Often strangers resemble each other I know but I claim my love for beautiful nature comes from relationship to John Muir - Please indulge me in the belief for the love of the noble scotch people. I thank you again for your kind letter and the biographical sketch of your life, which I shall cherish with all your writings.

When you think you can spare a little time to write me a description of your home and family I would most truely appreciate it. My writing is so poor I dislike to write-

I am with complements of the season

yours sincerely

Annie Muir Webster.

71st & Haverford Ave.


Philadelphia [Pa.]

Date Original

1906 Dec 22


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 27.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 16, Image 0463

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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