John Muir


[John Muir]


[ ] Ridgeway


[First draft of letter, in note-book #59] (81)

[Jan. 1901]

My dear Mr. Ridgeway:

I am very sorry to learn the sad news of your son's death - your only child, so hopeful and beloved.
I wish I could say or do anything to help in this supreme affliction, the sorest and most unbearable that belongs to mortals, but words are of no avail. More than 12 years ago we nearly lost one of our little girls, and the anxious agony we then suffered is forever unforgettable.
Can't you and Mrs. Ridgeway come to our home next summer to go with us to the mountains?
Heaven help and comfort you.

With deepest sympathy,

J. M.



Martinez [Calif.]

Circa Date

1901 Jan [31]


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0595

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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