John Muir


John Muir


Florence Merriam Bailey


"To explore, enjoy, and render accessible the mountain regions of the Pacific Coast; to publish authentic information concerning them; to enlist the support and co-operation of the people and the Government in preserving the forests and other natural features of the Sierra Nevada Mountains."
Board of Directors-1911-1912
Mr. John Muir, President . . . . Martinez Prof. A. G. McAdie, Vice-President San Francisco Prof. J. N. Le Conte, Treasurer . . . Berkeley Mr. William E. Colby, Secretary . . San Francisco Prof. Wm. F. Bade . . . . . . Berkeley Prof. Vernon L. Kellogg . . Stanford University Vice Prof. E. C. Franklin, resignedProf. W. C Morgan . . . . . . Berkeley Mr. E. T. Parsons ....SanFrancisco Mr. Willoughby Rodman . . . Los Angeles

Outing Committee
Prof. J. N. Le Conte Mr. B. T. ParsonsMr. Wm. E. Colby. Chairman and Manager Mr. Clair S. Tappaan, (Los Angeles) Assistant Manager

Honorary Vice-Presidents
Prof. George Davidson . . . San FranciscoMr. R. U. Johnson . . The Century. New YorkPres. David Starr Jordan . . Stanford UniversityMr. Gilford Pinchot . . . Washington. D. C.

Committee on Publications
Prof. Wm. F. Bade, Editor . . . . BerkeleyMrs. E. T. Parsons, Book Reviews . . BerkeleyProf. J. E. Church. Jr. Mr. Elliott McAllisterMr. Wm. B. Colby Mr. B. T. ParsonsMiss Anita Gomperts Prof. H. W. RolfeMr. J. S. Hutchinson, Jr.

San Francisco, March 27, 1913.

Mrs .Florence Merriam Bailey,

1834 Kalorama Road, Washington, D.C.

Dear Mrs. Bailey:-

I have ordered a copy of my "Boyhood and youth" to be sent you direct from the publishers, although it does not contain much that is likely to interest anybody but children. It was published on the 15th of this month by Houghton, Mifflin, but it has not yet got into the book stores at least on this side of the continent.
Helen is wonderfully well, but has had rather a hard time lately in getting good help in the house. She had to be up at night so often that she took cold about three weeks ago, but is now nearly as well as usual. She is going back to the desert next month. She has made up her mind that her health will not only be better, but that she will enjoy life there. She is so fond of the marvellous colors displayed in those barren looking mountain ranges. The colors make one think of a perfect fairyland or a new Jerusalem. I am glad she is going back, although her lungs seem perfectly sound. Her two boys are lovely and I will try and get a photograph of them for you. Wanda's three are very stout promising fellows and will probably make good farmers.
I am working all alone in my library den, trying to write a book on Alaska. I find that I have so many notes on that territory that it is extremely difficult to know what to leave out and what to put in. I often think of the charming trip we had together years ago when we crossed the Sierra by three different passes.

With kindest regards to you and to Mr. Bailey, I am

Ever Faithfully yours.



San Francisco

Date Original

1913 Mar 27


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 21, Image 0227

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

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The Huntington Library, Muir Family Papers, HM 57349-57497. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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