George Hansen


Geo[rge] Hansen


John Muir




Spt. 25th., 1902.

My dear Sir,

It is a pleasure for me to be able to [illegible] part of my promise this-week. For the [illegible] of your very kind order, please, show the indulging patience of which I feel assured. When a man lives in a hole, daylight is limited, and artificial light is a poor substitute.
What I send today are the two remaining "Babv Roland Booklets" an already issued,(and two original booklets. Two booklets, now in print, as well as some more original "stories " will [illegible]in due time.
I feel sure , "Ascent of Man" will appeal to you in its deepest significance. It is [illegible] of i meaning if rightly looked at, - " Lima Beans" is one of those cheery moments as they come to every home that God blesses with a child's smile.---The original ones are both good. " Easter " is issued in only very few copies, and this one to you goes with as much goodwill and friendship as the others did. Comment is unnecessary, except mentioning of the fact, that no "flower " wan blooming at the time except wild oats and Canada Thistle. One of the latter he choose for "Papa, schoene Blumen" and I call them " Easter Lily" ever since. -" His chance " is one of the cleverest and most remarable. He expressed the desire to take my picture ( he was 24 months old) , and I granted his wish, giving my camera to him and using a borrowed one. The rest is plain enough, and the substitution of the cat for papa most amusing. None of these picture "stories " occupied ten minutes in taking.

I wish dearly that all of these booklets could go to you without any
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"consideration " having passed between us. If you made me rich, I feel with you, that you are at least equally rich. I have been showered upon with good things since I am in my present condition. God in his mercy and love clothes with flowers the scars that threaten to deface earth and is make.
Since writing last, the good wife and dear babe have returned quite unexpectedly. The old, [illegible] was improving, and the wife and mother must have felt, that I was waiting for her with open arms. We have a feast of good feeling everyday, and the materialism of [illegible] the most delicious bunches of grapes that came to [illegible] house this [illegible] detracts none from the genuiness of happiness. I am a new man since, the [illegible] weeks. I will see the day yet when I plant [illegible]and trail them with rosebushes.
The dear wife sends her kind regard end words of appreciation for your cheer for us. I enclose one half of the letter that babe wrote to me from the land where the pines grow.
With best wishes for you and your home

sincerely yours



Berkeley, Calif.

Date Original

1902 Sep 25


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 12, Image 0660

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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