Joanna [Muir Brown]


John Muir



is to me, a great treasure
The portion relating to yourself and the family was read in tears and I wished with all my heart it had not been so true; In other words that the hard things had never occurred so they would not have been there to record. Thank you dear John for the dear book.
Well, the summer is past with its heat and its many experiences and we have moved out into this


Oct [7?] 19[13?]

622 Hawthorn ave

Ginter Park,

Richmond Va_

My dear Bro. John:-

I have been so long in thanking you for the lovely book. "The Story of my boyhood and youth", that I hope you do not think I did not appreciate it.
It is a charming bit of natural history, and with the sketches of the two old houses, the one in which I was born, and Hickory Hill, every nook and corner of which is engraven on my memory



pleasant Suburb. The lawns are spacious and the trees and plants look good after living in a flat on a dusty street. It takes the girls only five minutes longer on the cars to come out here than to go to the West End where we were before, and we like it vastly better. We are still on the second floor, away from the damp ground. I hope you have had a good Summer and are well and comfortable, also that your writing prospers according to your heart. I would like to know what you are writing now and if you have published anything later than your autobiography_ I am very proud of the books you have sent me and the best thing in your last is the photograph of you own dear self. I wonder if I shall ever see you in this life again It begins to look very doubtful_
I suppose you heard of the death of our Cousin Mrs Lunam. The girls send their love and so does your sister


Oct 7th



Richmond, Va.

Date Original

1913 Oct 7


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 21, Image 0860

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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