Mary [Muir Hand]
you and you might be interested in looking at.
We were sorry to know from our daily paper that Congress has granted to San Francisco a right to the water of Hetch Hetchy valley and knowing how you opposed the petition we at least partly realize your disapppointment - as
Dec 29 1913
My dear brother
May the New Year bring you happiness is your sister Mary's wish for you.
No doubt your Christmas was a merry one if the day was spent with a daughter and grandsons. Either daughter and her sons and all their merriment would be happiness
to you. if you were present with them - and were all together - a goodly company you would be - so to numbers I could not do as well for we have only three grandchildren. I am hoping you could take the christmas time for rest and pleasure - or were you so occupied at your desk that all the day was given to your manuscripts and notes?
We all know you are a very busy man. and a wise man and good and an authority often quoted by scholars, a man your sister is proud of and would be most happy to see again. And I do believe I now have some pictures we might be proud to show
it was said and known that from other sources that city could as well have been supplied or rather might be supplied. What destruction a great reservoir will make in its floodings
How could Congress consent to it?
We have just been reading your description of Hetch Hetchy in the big book
"Picturesque California" that you gave me when with you in your home I greatly prize that book. And enjoy all of your books that we have read.
I sent a New Year greeting to Wanda - but did not know Helen's address. Should you see or write to your Helen soon please give her compliments and good wishes from me.
May I hear from you sometime soon?
1913 Dec 29
Original letter dimensions: 15.5 x 24.5 cm.
Hand, Mary Muir, "Letter from Mary [Muir Hand] to [John Muir], 1913 Dec 29." (1913). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4194.
Reel 21, Image 1096
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