John Muir


John Muir


[Katharine Hooker]




Dear friend:

with all my heart I thank you for your kind call to your home, and you surely know how gladly I shall run to it as soon as I can escape from this jungle tangle of wordwork. When that will be only Heaven knows. How strange it seems that work should be able to shove us from continent to continent yet prevent us from going from friend to friend let hearts push and pull as they may. It sometimes looks as if I was still held fast bound by the contrary extravagantly self denying doctrine taught in old Scotland that we should never do what we most like to do but only what we like least.
I got my S. American & African notes copied and locked up for safe keeping before I left Los Angeles. Here in my lonely den I have all my old Alaska notes about me and am hard at work on them, never going out except now and then to the adobe for a meal, eating little, taking

no exercise, am thinner than ever, flesh vanishing. After it's all gone leaving only bones and joint-ties I'll rattle up a mountain for reincarnation
In the meantime I'm perfectly well, and be assured that no distance no drudging befogment of work ever dims or in any way abates the light of our friendship. Heart radium rays go streaming to you through the Contra Costa hills every day in one grand perpetual visit
Anyhow here or there fleshy or fleshless I am ever with love to you all

faithfully affectionately

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

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Reel 21, Image 1118

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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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