Marion Foster Washburne
prefers sleeping outside - in the woods - if we can escape either heavy snow or heavy rain. We don't want luxuries or even civilized comforts: just facilities for a fire over which I can cook; & water, & a roof. We'd like to be within five miles or so of a neighbor or a R. F. D. route; so that we can get mail once a week.
Do you know of any such place, Mr. Muir? Or of a camping place, perhaps in one of those exquisite meadows you describe,
1323 Wilcox Avenue,
Hollywood, Calif. Aug. 25-13
My dear Mr. Muir:-
The questions I am going to ask you will, I know, secure from you their own answer, without further introduction; but I am nevertheless going to explain that I am the niece of former Secretary-of-the-Interior, Gen. John W. Noble to whom, I believe, you dedicated one of your beautiful & true books. Now for the questions: Can you tell me where I, with my brother, can winter safely in the great woods of California?
[in margin: but we do not in the least know how to set about it. We are not exactly poor; nevertheless our circumstances are such - we earn what we use - that, if we are to give ourselves a whole year's vacation, we can only set aside safely about $50.00 a month for both of us. And if possible that should include travelling expenses.
We have thought of some cabin - one room would do, as my brother]
We are both middle-aged people, natively sound & vigorous, but just now suffering from some severe trials through which we have recently passed. Your books have been tonics through this period & now we want to go & spend some months - perhaps a year - under the shelter of those great trees you so lovingly describe. We hope to take into ourselves something of their peaceful vigor.
[in margin: Noble's niece
where we can build each a shelter, or pitch a tent?
If I should ever have the good fortune to see you, I shall tell you - if I think you can bear it - how you have made Nature, whom I have always loved, seem to love me in response. And since you are a part of Her, I am sure of your affectionate interest in my problem.
Until September fifth,
Please address me as above. After that at Tulare, Calif.
c/o C. W. Washburne
(Mrs.) Marion Foster Washburne
P.S. You may be interested to know that I have a big son named John Noble after his great-uncle.
1913 Aug 25
Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.
Washburne, Marion Foster, "Letter from Marion Foster Washburne to John Muir, 1913 Aug 25." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4067.
Reel 21, Image 0686
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