Charlotte [Hoffman]


John Muir



the life outside the palleries, and in your own mountains and rivers & their people.
I wish we might go to [illegible] for the [illegible] in India & to see the "mugging" in New Zealand; [but?] you will have to take Helen & me


Sunday .12 , en route


My dear Mr. Muir:

I am more disappointed than I can make you know not to have found time to run over the hills to Martinez to find out what you are doing and how you are

[in margin: What are you working [at?] now?]



before I started off to p[illegible] "the mountains of separation" and "the Salt, estranging Sea" between us. But how those metaphors have lost their force in these days of sunset limited [illegible], and ocean grey hounds. The poets will have


to invent a new [illegible]gery.
I am off for a year or more with a very intelligent and companionable girl about eighteen and I am determined make it a year of rest and delight in all the beauty [illegible] collected [together?] in the galleries [& museums?] but chiefly in all


Else I can think of.
Please be good.
My permanent address is 11 [Rue?] Scribe, Paris, [c/o?] Amer. Exp. Co. And so good luck to you. my dear friend through all the year. I hope you will be able to work as you wish - my love to Helen & Wanda. I'll let you know where I am once in a way. Charlotte.

[5] 2.


there some day. Why don't you? Helen will write poems & take pictures (but never send them to the friends she promised them to) and I all the while will [illegible] squirrels & posies for you.



And you can write and write and gather unto yourself riches which we will spend in journeying further.
I want the picture of you in the petrified forest and if Helen won't send it, please you


My steamer is the Columbia, Anchor time sailing from N.Y. to Glasgow, June first.
I would rather have a letter from you on the steamer telling me what I ought especially to see in Scotland, & possibly of some [illegible] I ought to see, than anything


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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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