[Loulu Perry] Osborn
[First draft of letter, in note-book #59] (71)
Martinez, Nov. 17, 1900.
My dear Mrs. Osborn:
Nothing could be kinder than the invitation to delightful Wing on Wing, and how gladly we would accept you know. But grim Duty, like Bunyan's Apollyon is now straddling across the whole breadth of the way crying "No." Wanda is at school in Berkeley, working hard, expecting to enter the State University next year, and I am smothered in writing without accomplishing much. I never shall forget the leafy Hudson hills in their glorious yellow and red autumny array, the wing on wing room you so kindly call mine, and the lovely, peaceful, restful time I enjoyed there when l was worn and weary. Of the many Muir rooms, called mine, illustrating the abounding benevolence of human nature to meward, none attracts me more. I hope I shall be allowed to enjoy it again ere long. In the meantime, and always, I am,
Last summer, as you know, I was in Alaska. This year I was in the Sierra, going up by Lake Tahoe and down by Yosemite, crossing the Sierra four times along the head-waters of the Truckee, Carson, Mokelumne, Calaveras, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, and Merced rivers, examining forests and learning what I could in a general way of birds and mammals, with Dr. Merriam and his sister and Mr. Bayley, a triumvirate of naturalists, with infinite appetite for squirrels and chipmunks, etc. We had a delightful [time] and in Yo[semite] your long planned trip came to mind and I wished then you had been with us.
I am now at work on the last of a series of wild park articles to be collected and published in book form by the Houghton Mifflin Co., and which I hope to get off my hands ere long, to be followed by Sierra and Alaska things as fast as my slow interrupted pen can be spurred to go.
Martinez, Cal. Nov. 18, 1900
My dear Mrs. Osborn,
Nothing could be kinder than your invitation to Wing-Wing, how gladly we would accept, you know. But grim Duty, like Bnnyan's Apollyon is now "straddling across the whole breadth of the way" crying no.
Wanda is at school in Berkeley hard at work, expecting next year to enter the State University. She is a faithful steady scholar, quite, womanly, not in the least odd or brilliant, but strong-willed, earnest unstoppable as an avalanche.
I am at work on the last of a series of park forest articles to be collected and published in book form by the Houghton Mifflin Co. which I hope to get off my hands soon. But there is endless work in sight ahead-Sierra Alaska things to follow as fast as my slow,sadly interrupted pen can be spurred to go.
Yes, I know it is two years since I enjoyed the dainty chickaree room you so kindly call mine. Last summer as you know I was in Alaska, This year I was in the Sierra going up by way of Lake Tahoe down by Yosemite Valley, crossing the range four times along the head waters of the Truckee, Carson, Mokelumne, Stanislaus, Calaveras, Walk Tuolumne Merced rivers, revisit-ing old haunts, examining forest learning what I could about birds mammals with Dr. Merriam and his sister Mr. Bailey-keen naturalists with infinite appetite for Voles, Marmots, Squirrels, chipmunks etc. We had a delightful time of course, in Yosemite I remembered your hoped for visit to the grand Valley wished you were with us, I'm very sorry I missed Sir Michael Foster. Though prevented now I hope ere long to see Wing Wing in Autumn glory. In the meantime always
I am ever your friend
1900 Nov 17
Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.
Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Loulu Perry] Osborn, 1900 Nov 17." (1900). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4335.
Reel 11, Image 0443
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