[letterhead]Jan. 20thMy dear Mr MuirI came down here on Sunday, called by the death of my dear friend Margaret Graham. She passed away Sunday morning, they telegraphed me and I left by the first train I could get.If I had had time to communicate with you I should have felt like asking you04944
if you wanted to lay aside your work for a while and accompany me, for you had spoken of the possibility of coming down here. For three days I have spent my time with those trio sisters, so [illegible]ft, so sorrowful.What she was to me no one else can [ever?] quite be - for years I have gone to her with all the perplexities of 2 my life and she has been so [illegible], so tolerant, so helpful and so full of affection. As I [illegible] again and again to stand beside her casket, I wondered at the strange foolish waste of nature - thinking upon the wicked and the worthless who live on, and then upon her. She was the inspiration of so many. Her work was not half done - she was full04944
3of plans for writing and doing, in the future - and to be so cut off.Why could'nt I have gone and she have staid, her life was of such value. I do not see much reason for my living excepting that a few people would feel badly if I died.I shall stay here I suppose from ten04944
days to two weeks. The country is browned by the hard frosts. The garden looks pinched and dry.John is not at all well - lumbago and a bad cold.Affectionately yoursKatharine Hooker
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 13 cm.
Hooker, Katharine, "Letter from Katharine Hooker to John Muir, [1910 ?] Jan 20." (1910). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4925.
Reel 19, Image 0093
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