Eliza S Hendricks


John Muir


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Thanks for the lovely Rocky Mountains vaccinium remembrance enclosed in your last letter. Please write when you have time. Tell me how fares it with your forthcoming book.

My Dear Mr. Muir. –

I was much pleased to receive your brief letter, written before starting for far away Alaska; and at this late day I am writing a few lines in acknowledgment. Of course I could not answer with any promptness, for Alaska Is a vast region, and my friend John Muir an uncertain quantity – one day here another day yonder. I only know that you escaped the dangers of trave and the perils of mountain climbing through the letters you

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Wrote to our Moores, Gradon friends. Yesterday Charles Moores’ bride had her first post-nuptial reception which I attended. She is a very sweet-faced and agreeable person. I think Charles made a very happy choice. The Merrills, Ketchams and Graydons were very much in evidence. Mrs. Moore looked sweet and happy, but thin and pale. Janet the same. They are much in love with their new relative. We all look back with much pleasure to your all too short visit here last summer. When are you coming again? As well ask the"

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Winds, when they are coming you reply. I am glad you made some new acquaintances among the Alaskan trees, and that they made you happy, as your letter to Mrs. Graydon revealed. Nature has been a sweet mother to you, and right loyal have you ever been to her. I saw her image reflected from your soul as I took those pleasant Sierra rambles with you in the long ago. But I must end the rambles of my pen. A man who has time to write letters of friendship only one page long, presumably, has no time for reading long-winded letters. We are all very glad however"

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To receive your breezy snatchy epistles. They assure us you are still in the land of the living, and that is much and more is to be learned than that (to be honest) for you have the gift of packing away a good deal of thought in a few words, and in your stingy compass you manage to give us all full assurance that we hold a warm place in your regard. We are all well here. The “lovely lily grandmother” as you gracefully style her, is stronger than when you saw her last, and she remembers you with warm regard, as do my brother Victor and his wife, and all. Next time you come we would like to have you come directly to our home, and visit your other friends [ ] [ ] [ ] at 611 N. Meridian Street.

Very sincerely and cordially your friend Eliza S. Hendricks 611 N. Meridian St."


[Indianapolis, Ind.]


Original letter dimensions: 17 x 14 cm.

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MSS 301 Shone

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