Beth Averell


Beth Averell


John Muir



has been a joyous one - for in view has always been the thought if your beautiful inscription. I fear you will never know how much that means to me - except that "where your treasure is there will your heart be also". And yesterday came your letter and little pamphlet containing the first


September 26

325 East Avenue


My dear Mr. Muir

Since Saturday last I have kept close to your delightful "Mountains of California" and have travelled with you over their glaciers, through their forests and along their streams. And each step towards these [summits?]



accounts of you and your doings that have reached me since we said "auf widersehn" in Portlan - for as yet "the rhyming tail" has not wagged in my direction. But Mary wrote me she would keep it [still?] for me until I reached Arden, and so I am hurrying down there the end of this week. In New York at Uncle Henry's home we are to have a grand celebration of the H.A.E.C. on Dewey Day. You see the Eastern half must try to keep up with the Western, for from your letter I should judge you had meetings nearly every day. Some day I hope we can combine forces - but until then the corresponding club must do its very best to bring that about. From Dr. [illegible]


so you see you are ever with us in thoughts and in all happy memories of the H.A.E. Yes, Dr. Converse has returned from the West but whether he lost track of the deer and goals I do no know. Doubtless he gained much else - though his successful trip would I fear be to you a most unsuccessful one. But if he learned


and the Captain I learned of their visit with you, of how you bumped into memories icebergs and listened to the hum of glacier artillery again. Last evening Mr. Fernow spent with us - and when speaking of the recent Alaska earthquake he said: "Why, where is Mr. Muir - some other force besides glaciers must have been at work"!



to know the animals as I have the birds certainly he would never kill anymore - no, not even for science! Of course, I am anxious to see you and your Big Two but suppose I must wait until we near the Pacific Coast again - and who knows when that will be? But think of me still as a Big One of the Big Four - and with love

Ever your friend

Beth Averell.


Rochester [N. Y.]

Circa Date

[190] Sep 26


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 23 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0363

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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