c/o [French, Le[illegible] & Co.
Oct. 22- 1913.
My dear Mr. Muir.
Yesterday Mother said in a tone of firm conviction, "I must write to Mr. Muir" - and added, "I wonder how and where he is". So as her eyes are troubling her and I am doing what writing I can for her, I took it upon myself to send you some news of the wanderers. We have been exploring Tuscany some more, to the complete satisfaction of the trio. We started
down along the Italian Riviera, driving from Genoa to Lucca by way of Rapallo, Spezia and the Garfagnano. Such a glorious trip under favoring skies. superb mountains and valleys and seas. and alluring towered towns peering down from crags and hills and tempting us to side explorations that we usually had not time for. Then we have been over four Apennine passes to the north-west of here, each
the Hetch Hetchy has been lost at last and are very, very sorry for the loss of that wonderful National Monument of the Rockies. We send you American greetings and equally warm Italian greetings done up as blue skies and as red and yellow autumn leaves!
It was good to have that little line from you the other day, and
different and interesting in its manifestations. Tomorrow, unless the gathering clouds check us, we shall go to Siena and make a number of trips in the mountains around there - returning here to pause and assimilate things before we go to Rome. My uncle Osgood Putnam and his wife, having left their Elizabeth at Vassar, have finally landed
in England, and we hope for a glimpse of them in Italy before we start for home. We may tarry here longer than November - our [illegible] plans in San Francisco are still the mirage we named them years ago - so Mother does not feel the need to hasten back and see how building gets on - We hear that your brave fight for
we have spoken of you every day since. often sorrowfully, for the loss of the Hetch Hetchy, which seems more yours than that of any one else, though we all share in the loss.
Ellie has just gone to bed, and as she went out asked to have her love sent to you and added, "I wish he were here to be among these mountains with us"
Very affectionately yours
1913 Oct 22
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 25.5 cm.
Hooker, Marian, "Letter from Marian Hooker to John Muir, 1913 Oct 22." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4135.
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