John Muir


John Muir


[Theodore P.] Lukens


his Helens sickness, asks me where to go, I tell him Van Dykes

Martinez, Dec. 12, 1907

Dear Mr Lukens.

I think I told you that Helen had another attack of pneumonia about two months ago. She is slowly recovering & is able to go around the hose but the rains & fogs of the last few days have made the weak lung sore, & the doctors say as I do that she must go again to the desert & stay for two years, at some ranch where milk, eggs, vegetables etc can be had. Do you know of any such place; say about Barstow or Mohave or indeed anywhere. Perhaps Mr Gant in his extensive travels may have found such a place available for a merry though sick boarder & her anxious old father.
How are you all, well I hope. Have you seen the Sillers lately?

Sick or well I am faithfully yours

John Muir

[illegible], Dec. 14 - recommended Mr

Van Dykes at Dagget


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1907 Dec 12


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 16, Image 1267

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