Florence M[erriam] Bailey


John Muir



they want the best you have to give. Deep down in man's heart, crushed as it may be by the artificial life of the world, lies the instinct to return to nature - the instinct which leads a tired child back to his mother's arms. Somehow, they feel, they will there find healing and peace. And so, with weary souls they turn to the man who can show them the way, who can help


2019 - 19th St. N.W.

Washington D.C.

Nov. 4, 1900.

My dear Mr. Muir;

We must seem [very?] ungracious to have made no sign through all these weeks since our delightful little visit at your house, but I assure you it was not for lack of thought of you all. We left San Frnacisco the Wednesday after we were with you



and since we reached home have house hunted, been up to northern New York and back, and gotten settled in our winter house, with a week of [mister's?] work added. Whenever I have had a spare moment in the interval and have suggested writing you Mr. Bailey has said - wait till I can write, too; but you have been in our thoughts and your name has been associated with all we have had to tell of our


glorious summer. For one of the best parts of it all was having you with us - seeing with you as you so generously let us. I want to say this because I feel as if you did not realize how eagerly people listen to your "message" - how much it means to them. They want your stories, too, because they are good stories, and show the dauntless man back of them, but


their dimmed eyes to spell out her message, to see the love in her face. This is your ministry. There is none nobler on earth. It is a sacred trust. For you can lead men to the mountains - whence cometh your strength. With hearty remembrances to Mrs. Muir, your sister, and your daughters,


Florence M. Bailey



Washington, D.C.

Date Original

1900 Nov 4


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0427

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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