Helen Douglas Greame
depot in Fresno, where we all felt unnatural in the glare of the electric lights and the smell of locomotives when we were used to the pine smell. Four weeks ago we were in camp at the foot of glorious Mt. Whitney, and we were happy in spite of the rain and cold. My first night in civilization Ellie said I sat up in bed in my sleep and said "
Sept. 7, 1902.
My dear Mr. Muir-
Your book reached me yesterday and when I unwrapped it and found what you had done I felt I was blessed indeed. The photograph of your Yosemite cabin is charming and you are kind indeed to take so much trouble to put it in the book, and
your own picture too. The book brings back many [illegible]blessed Kew-Kaweah- [whiting?] memories- [illegible]the very happiest summer of my life. Nothing can ever take the place of the three weeks I spent travelling about in that most wonderful country with you, Dr. Merriam & Mr. Gannett, learning about the forests and flowers, and
seeing the work of the glaciers. it is all with me constantly and I only wish I had nothing to hold me at home and I would go back to the mountains and the real house, just as fast as steam and horses and my [own?] feet could carry me. I wish we could have said good-bye to each other in the woods, and in our camp clothes instead of the
"Soft beds make weak backs" So I am living in the hope that next summer will find me with my two best girl friends in Yosemite and we will think of you and wish for you constantly. I have not seen Marians photographs yet, but she wrote that they would be sent in a few days, and that the ones taken on the Kern - Kaweah came out splendidly.
Ellie is back in Los Angeles and Mrs. Dickey at Lake Tahoe- I suppose Mr. Gannett is still in Utah and goodness knows where Dr. Merriam is. I often wonder if we will meet together again. I hope I shall see you again very soon. and again thanking you for the book, and with best wishes that the writing you were dreading will not be tiresome
and that the green dressing gown will go to the mountains many more times with its owner - believe me always most sincerely yours,
Helen Douglas Greame.
San Juan [Calif.]
1902 Sep 7
Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 26 cm.
Greame, Helen Douglas, "Letter from Helen Douglas Greame to John Muir, 1902 Sep 7." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4719.
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