John Muir


John Muir


Wanda [Muir]


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(Hotel Metropole, London)

August 8, 1893

My dear Wanda

It seems a long long time since I left New York and in all my long wide wanderings since then I have not received a single letter until today. I got here last night after dark and this morning I went to the London Paris and American Bank Limited 58 Old Broad St London England and there I found your letters of June 27 and July 7 also Mamas of June 21, Maggies of June 20 brother Daves of June 20

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and my wasn’t I glad to find you were all well after so long a silence. I wrote to you from Norway and many times from Scotland so I suppose you know pretty well where I have been and what I have been doing. I left Edinburgh last Saturday and went to Windermere a lovely region in England where a great poet lived then came down here. It is a grand place this town with far more people in it than there is in all California, Oregon,"

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and Washington but I am very lonesome for I have not had time to find anybody that I know or to make new friends. I’m going away to Switzerland tomorrow morning and I hope you will have some more of your nice letters waiting for me. I expect to get back from Switzerland about the end of this month and then I’ll soon start for home. How glad I’ll be then to be going nearer and nearer to home instead of farther and farther away from it. I don’t like to travel although everybody is good to me and I find so much that is "

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I am very glad to hear that you are learning some good lessons every day. The precious time of youth is now yours my dear but it will soon pass away and never come back. Make haste then to fill your mind with beautiful and good things while your memory is able to hold them.

I hope you and Helen got the flowers I sent you from the grand valley of Norway. Thank you darling for your two fine letters. Good night. Your loving papa John Muir"


London [England]

Date Original

1893 Aug 8


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 11 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

MSS 301 Shone

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