Joanna [Muir Brown]


John Muir


2426 Floyd Ave

Richmond Va

My dear brother John:-

I seem to have a poor supply of writing paper, but I do not believe it can hinder me from writing you a letter, for I have been reading the entire afternoon Your "Incomparable Yosemite" and I must tell you how much I like it while it is still thrilling me with its music. I have read the general description of it, the wonderful winter scene, the earth quake storms. A good deal about the trees and flowers; then I went and got out your other two books to compare your descriptions of the blessed little water ouzel and as each one seemed sweeter than the other, I could almost say that I like it best of all your Yosemite treasures, because these dear birds have cheered you so often.



in your strenuous travels and stern adventures. I think I know how the sturdy joyous little fellow has imparted to you his gladness for during my long tedious illness in Virginia where I lay sleepless night after night , sometimes so ill that I wondered if I could endure until morning, a little mocking bird whose nest was in a tree outside my window, used to sing, oh so softly and tenderly in the earliest dawn of the morning and while it was yet dark. Maybe it was singing a luliby to its young, but certainly it seemed to be solely for me. I think of it always with gratitude and and wonder if the dear bird did not help to pull me through.
Well dear John I am charmed with your book and thank you again for it.
We read your article in the



March number of the Atlantic Monthly and was very glad that Ethel happened onto it, for it is the most and best you have ever written of your early life. Almost all of it seemed very familiar to me as I remember nearly all of it. Some of the incidents I remember too well. Will this too come in book form?
Aside from the fact that we are all pretty well, I have nothing cheering to write for Walter has just gone through bankruptcy court, which leaves a pretty heavy burden on the girls, and there can be no provision for old age.
Hoping that you are not too lonely and that you are in good health I must close with love from the girls and myself.
Please do not forget what I once told you: that if ever you needed a sister just to send for




Richmond, Va.

Date Original

1913 Apr 2


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 21, Image 0273

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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