Julia M[errill] Moores


John Muir


[in margin: 951]

Indianapolis Feb. 26th 1878 232 N. Ala. St.

My Dear Mr Muir,

Very grateful are we for your sweet story, sketch a history of your lovable little friend the Water Ouzel. We have all read it more than once and some parts many times, so that were we to meet him we should not need an introduction. Would that we could meet him in the company of [underlined: his] friend – and ours! We recognized John Lamon in the Lachelor friend. How fresh – how wonderful your life seems among the flowers – the birds and the waterfalls, of your own Yosemite.

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But we outsiders – are dust covered, time – [ worn?] dwellers in cities do not want to lose sight of you, - personally I mean. Why do you not write. It has been a long time- and I want a letter. I do not know when I have written to you – but that makes no odds – when you have so much within yourself and around you, you do not need us – but we do need you. I do not believe I have ever told you of my last summer among the Green Mountains – with the children. Children indeed! Two six footers for a body guard and my bonnie Janet – now nearly twenty years old. How can I call them children? Well – we had a nearly perfect summer – and I shaint

tell you any more until you write. Sister Kate is hard at work pegging away at the tough soles of saw Hoosiers – or gathering flowers from the plants she has trained in the passing years. I wish you could see her – she is noble and beautiful in her work. Mina is with her. The Merrills the Ketchams – Davis’ and Graydons – no one of them forget you. all have read and enjoyed your ‘Humming Bird’. Miss Hendricks – I see every few days. She is well – and remembers you with much pleasure. Write soon to your old friends and give an account of yourself . My health is better. Truly & affectionately Julia M. Moores



Date Original

1878 Feb 26


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 22.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0722

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