Muir McKelvey


Muir McKelvey


John Muir



Berkeley Cal

June 29, 1901.

Mr John Muir


Dear Friend

I am ashamed to write now it has been so long since I wrote to you that I have forgoten when it was. I have a very sad peice of new to tell you and that is of the death of Mother and Sister. I think I wrote to you about Sister suffering from heart failure she was a helpless invalid for six months before she died She was such a lovely girl she suffered so much and seldom or never complained



And retained her mind up to the last minuet She would take sinking spells and get so low that we would give her up but she would come out of them with a smile on her face and tell us not to be frightened as shw was not going to die She sank very rapidly after Mother died. Mother just wore herself out nursing Maud as some one was up with her night and day Father and I were home for three months taking care of Maud Mother was ready to go her only regret was that she had to leave Maud she realized that there was no hope for Sister


She was conscious up to the very last and bid all good by. Father and myself have been staying her since the folks died but he expects to start to Arizona in a few days It has been terrible hard on Papa he just idolized Maud she was the last of three daughters and Mothers death to. I expect to go out on the Gov Giological Survey with Dr C Hart Merriam next month I received a letter from him a few days ago and answerd it he is telegraph me the fore part of next



week if he wants me to go I was recommended by Suther Goldman the young man who was out with your party last year. I hope Dr Merriam decids to have me go and that you are one of the party nothing I would like better. If I go it will be in the capacity of cheif cook and bottle washer Dr Merriam wanted to know if I could bake good camp bread. I hope this will find you and your family all well I am feeling pretty well working [illegible] every day. Well I will close ever [in margin: 927]

Ever your Friend

Muir McKelvey

#2907 Fulton St



Berkeley, Calif.

Date Original

1901 Jun 29


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0745

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