John Muir


[John Muir]


Helen [Muir Funk]


Martinez Apr. 10, 1913

Darling Helen

I'm so glad you're going back home to the desert the only place you seem able to keep well in.
I hope you are settled ere this & that your health is already beginning to mend. Spare no expense in helpful servants. For if you keep on working night & day with your children & husband cooking sweeping waiting on the table etc etc as you have been doing all will soon come to a sad end.
Therefore give heed to your devoted father.

Send me a few words very often



April 14

My dear friend

Thank you so much for the beautiful portrait. I like it greatly. You see how much easier it is for photographers to satisfy your friends than mine! You don't even like the little picture I sent you last. But behold what I am enclosing this time--just what you ask for, a photograph by Dassonville. Do you like this any better?



He took a great many negatives and this one was the best
You know I shall be only too pleased to have some copies of your new book to give to friends. "Two dozen" is almost too generous a supply, but there would be no doubt about their all being appreciated.
The bookstores here are too stupid for belief. I cannot imagine



their not having an ample supply of anything you publish.
I am going down to Los Angeles tomorrow night--or rather to Pasadena--to spend a week with the Willards.

Ever affectionately


Katharine Hooker



Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1913 Apr 10


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 21, Image 0315

Collection Identifier

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

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust.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 Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

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



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