Betty Averell


Betty Averell


John Muir



& Port. Rico. After that we have a glimpse of Kingston on Jamaica & of Hayti & [then?] the Panama-Colon Canal. When I get that far I shall long to have the Canal flooded so that I might sail through & up the coast & call on you!
Every green blossom that grows makes me wish you were here to really reveal the beauty in your spirit words



[in margin: be back in Rochester Feb 6th 890 East Avenue is our new number! Your next to last letter never reached me. [illegible] it was your turn to write!-

Best wishes & my love to you,

Betty Averell.]

Dear Mr Muir

I cant tell you how pleased I was to have your Christmas greetings & your new year wishes. They certainly brought me good luck for here I am bordering on your tropical country. Seeing the wonders of this old Spanish land [illegible][illegible] in Cuba


Jan 21st


[There?] is a H.A.[S?] member on board, Dr. Elliott. He has just finished writing a book on monkies - after six years of study & travel to do it. And his tales of his trip around the world thrill me. If you were only here too I should insist having a kindergarten class again in a life boat on the upper deck every morning! You never yet have written me a word of your South American or Africa trip. & I've begged & begged & begged! Really I want it much more than those old publishers! Your tales in the Atlantic of your boyhood are delightful. I've read two of them while sailing on these Southern Seas. Mother I left with the Harrimans in New York. All are well there. My brother Billy is now living in Pittsburg, the stell & iron city-& my sister is down in Tennessee. So you see we are a separated family. How are you & your daughters & their babies?
Do write me soon for I'll


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Circa Date

[1913] Jan 21


Original letter dimensions: 18.5 x 28.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 21, Image 0065

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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