Helen Lukens Jones


John Muir


March 8, 1901,

My dear Mr. Muir:

Words are inadequate to egress the gratitude I feel for all you have done for me. When I think of your leaving your important work, and spending so much time and kindly thought upon my manuscripts, I feel the deepest gratitude. I wish there was something I could do to show my appreciation, but as things are now, you have enerything to bestow, while I have nothing. Perhaps though, in the years to come, I may be given the pleasure of showing my great appreciation of your kindness. I should be proud to have you call me friend and shall try and make myself worthy of a place in your estimation.
Mrs. Carr is living with her brother, I believe in Santa Paula. Poor Ned Carr spends most of his time in the chain gang, or in begging and drinking.
I will always keep the manuscripts you corrected, and also your letter, so that I ay refer to them for points. The Devil's Post Pile, I copied yesterday, and sent four copies away to newspapers - made my own syndicate - and hope some of them may prove acceptable. Will let you know the result. I have five Other stories traveling about the East, some of which have been gone six weeks - so that I am beginning to hope.
Papa and mamma send kindest regards to you all. Hoping you are well, I am,

Gratefully and cordially,

Helen Lukens Jones



Pasadena [Calif.]

Date Original

1901 Mar 8


Original letter dimensions: 16 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0629

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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