Betty Averell


Betty Averell


John Muir



December 8th


Dear Mr Muir

It is almost time to send you Christmas greeting. That I will defer tho [All?] I can attach, a sprig of Holly! We've had our first flurry of snow today. It is a delight to have this a true heavenly sign of this Christmas season. Shops, people presents seem so very expressive of the earthly



& material world!
If you could know what joy your books brought to the little bride & her good scotch groom you would indeed be happy too! "The Mountains of California" I saved to give Dorothea Draper who is to be married on December 15th. She was delighted with your message & my thought & said "dear Mr Muir, he was quite the first & most wonderful man on our Alaska trip". And it didn't take long for me to agree with the [sentiment?]! Word comes



from Mother from Paris with prospects of a little visit in Florence before she sets sail again for Egypt. Yes, happy are the wanderers! Hows your Hetch Hetchy valley being protected now. Certainly much sentiment here expressed is in its favor. Don't think on it too much for we want your gift - your books! With devoted love & hoping to hear soon again

Always faithfully

Betty Averell



[New York]

Circa Date

[1913] Dec 8


Original letter dimensions: 22 x 14 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 21, Image 1048

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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