Catherine H. [Katie C.H.] Hittell


John Muir


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Dear Mr. amd Mrs. Muir

Miss Eastwood and I thank you very much for your kind invitation to visit you this week, but we had already made all arrangements, to go to one of the Shafter Howard ranches at Point Reyes at the end of this week, and we can not postpone the trip, as Mrs Shafter Howard has written to her tenants to expect us on Friday. Miss Eastwood is very busy at present and can not leave the city for some time except on this one prearranged trip to Point Reyes.

As for myself, there is no place

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In California which I would rather visit than your home, and so I hope I can soon again have an invitation.

We have several guest rooms in our house, and nothing would please me more than to entertain you and your daughters during the week of the President’s visit to our city, perhaps then I could return with you on May 17th or 18th or some day of the following week. We are very fond of company, and one of my hopes for several years has been that the Muirs would make our house their home during their visits to the City. Papa always"

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Tells me of the great pleasure he takes in his visits to your place.

Hoping to hear from you soon

I remain

Your sincere friend

Catherine H. Hittell

808 Turk St

Dear Mr Muir

Your telegram to the Governor helped us very much in saving the Meadowlarks as the Governor signed our bill.

Now the larks are safe from everyone except the farmers, and I think farmers are usually too busy to shoot poor little meadowlarks. Thank you very much. I do wish Mrs. Muir and your"

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Daughters would visit us. Papa talks so much of Miss Wanda that I would like very much to meet her.

Your friend

C. H. Hittell"


[San Francisco, Calif.]

Circa Date



Original letter dimensions: 18 x 11 cm.

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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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