Eliza S. Hendricks
1127 N. Meridian Street,
Indianapolis, February 1, 1900.
My dear Mr. Muir:
I feel impelled to write a few lines to you this morning. I wish to tell you that the "white grandmother"-the "Lily grandmother," as you, tenderly and poetically, have designated her in your letters, has gone away. At six o'clock January 29-two days ago-she passed into the "Silent Land" after eight months of illness. Her death at the very last-after much weariness, and at times acute suffering, was peaceful and painless-like a sunset. I need not tell you that through the long sickness, she was patient, cheerful, heroic. Her two daughters-Mrs. Victor Hendricks and Miss Anna did most of the nursing which was faithful-untiring. They, with my brother-all of them good friends of yours-wish me to convey to you kindest regards.
And now, my dear friend, what of yourself? Are you still busy, welding thought to thought in book shape, or are you resting after work? Some time, when you are not harrassed with literary work, or any other engrossing occupation, can you not send a few lines to me. "Many a year is in its grave" since we happened upon each other in the foothills of the Sierra, and in the same party visited what you have termed, the grand reception hall of the Sierra-the majestic Yosemite.
Very sincerely your friend,
Eliza S. Hendricks
WHen "The Indianapolis Journal" asked for a brief memorial of our departed friend, it fell to my lot to write it. Her pastor wrote one for another of our city dailies-both of which I enclose.
1900 Feb 1
Original letter dimensions: 17 x 27 cm.
Hendricks, Eliza S., "Letter from Eliza S. Hendricks to John Muir, 1900 Feb 1 ." (1900). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4227.
Reel 11, Image 0053
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