Janet Douglass [Moores]


John Muir



ject. How I should like to hear you talk about them. You could tell me so much. Prof. Jordan is not more than twenty-seven, but a re- markably intelligent man. He has written two books on Vertebrate animals. I think. He has read your articles & Aunt Kate & I have talked to him about you so that he wants to know when you are coming back to Indi- ana. Just think, if the face out west were as cheap in proportion as it is [ in?] New York at present, that is one dollar. You might have us all on your hands. How would you like that? If you don’t come back soon will surprise you some of these days. I’m afraid the Yo- semite wouldn’t be a good place to fatten mamma up, though,


November 17th. 1878.

In our library.

My Dear Mr. Muir,

I am much ashamed & Mamma is ashamed of me, that after receiving your sweet kind letter & your picture, I have never acknow- ledged them. I was afraid to write soon for fear I might bother you & so the time flew by & I neglected to write, until now it is nearly winter. I have placed your photograph on the desk before me, so it’ll seem more like talking with you. Now that I am used to the picture, you seem to have changed little. Any- how your face looks as kind & pleasant as it used to – ten years ago. I told you in my last letter of the

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changes that we little folks had passed through. In the last six or eight months there have been other changes. Merrill is at home now. has been reading Blackstone this fall & will soon enter a law office. He is the same teasing, careless enthusitic fellow – I might add unselfish, for he is that, although a little spoiled. When at home, he can go to sleep a dozen times a day, sitting up or spread out on the floor, it makes no difference in what position he is. I shall not be surprised to see him sometime standing in the middle of the room sound a- sleep. But he can work hard enough to make up for his naps, he has been digging away at the law very perseveringly, instructing Mamma as he went along. Poor Mamma would perhaps be


reading an interesting magazine article when Merrill would break in with “Oh Mamma, you must hear this”. I believe you used to think him too find of newspapers, well, he has the same fault now, if fault it is. But I must tell you of the others. Katie Graydon graduated in June – Indeed she never looked so beautiful & never appeared so well as she did on that day. Everybody praised her & she deserved it. I know you like fresh rosy good girls and she is one. She is teaching here now, in the city a has her hands full. Charles & I still go to [illegible]gton. This is my last year and I am enjoying myself. We have been hearing lectures from Prof. Jordan on the glaciers – It is a very interesting sub-



[Indianapolis, Ind]

Date Original

1878 Nov 17


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 0954

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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