Anna R. Dickey


Anna R. Dickey


John Muir



Dear Mr Muir,

Word has just come to me way off in the New Brunswick woods of the defeat of your cherished work for the preservation of the Hetch Hetchy and my heart goes out to you in genuine sympathy. Ah, how short sighted San Francisco is to have voted as it has! and the pity of it is that those who make mistakes are not always the ones who suffer for them but those who come after us. It cannot but be a real sorrow to you, the outcome of your hard work and faithful vigil for an ideal playground, but your philosophy of life I know will not permit you to take it too seriously. I regret you could not have had a little mountain play time in the summer perhaps you will now get away for a time.
I came east the end of August and when I reached Boston found a letter from Donald saying the camp here was much more comfortable than many years ago and asking me to join him which I promptly did as I have always been eager to see these


Canadian woods. It is a night and day trip by train from Boston. then a wild ride of thirty five miles in patchy blackness in a wagon with a strange livery man to reach the fartherest settlement which I did at the witching hour of midnight. The next morning I began my two days canoe trip poling up the [Tobique?]. It was a glorious trip to see the deer start to cover and partridges herons and all my old fern and flower friends of the Wisconsin woods. How I longed for Ellie and Marian and my true nature-lover comrades!
I have a dear little log cabin hanging over [Nictan] Lake surrounded by low wooded mountains and with the foliage turning most gloriously. I shall remain until the middle of October before I go to New York to visit old friends but Donald stays until November, until snow and cold drives him out as he is having wonderful luck with his pictures - both the "Movie" camera for moose and his other work. He is trying to get a caribou this week on either camera. and is walking miles slowly and doing so well.



I have no word from the travellers except that they were just leaving for Italy. I long to see them, wish we could have a reunion in Pasadena when they stop to see Mr [Willard?]. can you come? I shall open the house by Thanksgiving time, meanwhile my address is 425 West End Ave. New York City, c/o Mrs [Averbeck?] - but dont think you have to answer this scrawl I know how busy you will be on the book now, Donald would join in greetings but he is seven miles away at North Camp.

Yours very truly

Anna R. Dickey

Sept. 24th

Nictan, New Brunswick


c/o Adam Moore, who is a dear huge Scotchman, who would warm the cockles of your heart.



[Pasadena, Calif.]

Circa Date

[1913] Sep 24


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 16.5 cm.

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Reel 21, Image 0806

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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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