John Muir


John Muir


Mrs [Mary L.?] Swett


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Palm Springs, Cal.

June 13 / 05

Dear Mrs. Swett –

Those doughnuts !!!! Brown cycles of delight are now doing their duty, spending their sweetness in the three Muir pilgrims at balmly palmly Palm Springs. Like the doughnuts among other food so are the Palm Spring gardens beside the blazing desert – an oasis of shade and figs and orioles. Do you remember Milton’s account of the unlucky fallen angels frying like doughnuts in burning Hades ward? So we fried and sizzled in the red hot

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Sand of an orchard, and the rising sun through the desert haze was not unlike awe of those doughnuts.

Helen is decidedly better already, but we will not be able to stay here more than a week or two, for through July and August the temperature is said to be from 112 to 130 in the coolest shade. It is now 105 and is dry enough to dry up every disease and all one’s flesh besides. When thoroughly dried out and roasted out we are going to Arizona about 400 miles east of here, 22 miles north of Wilcox where the temperature is seldom above 115. With kindest regards, we are faithfully yours,

John Muir

Wanda Muir, Helen Muir



Palm Springs, Calif.

Date Original

1905 Jun 13


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

MSS 307 Muiriana

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

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Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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