John Muir


John Muir


[Katharine] Hooker


Martinez, Feb. 22, 1910—Dear Mrs Hooker:How high-lifting far spreading the piece of universe literature you sent me the other day! The author must have been on far more familiar terms with the universe than poor Margaret Fuller. His "Sir" how far it takes us! What a Sir!- all the hard hearted stars & their people, transcending the old poet prophets with their comparatively moderate & meek "Hear Ye Mountains" ."Hear O ye Kings, give ear O ye Princes.""Hear this, all ye people, give ear all ye inhabitants of the world""Hear O heavens, give ear O earth".I must send this precious Sir Universe speech to Mr Hale through one I fear & perhaps the busy astronomer will rank it with the Beatitudes and pronounce it Rot.We has a funny Hetch Hetchy meeting last Friday night at the Merchants Exchange Building. But first we had dinner at the[in margin: [illegible]]

Poodle-dog restaurant where I managed to assemble about eighty of our club members a merry lot in fine array. The long flowery table flanked by the mountaineers looked something like a Sierra Canyon and so the merry witty feasters called it the 'Muir Gorge' At a quarter past eight o'clock we marched to the meeting & with a fine triumphant alpenglow on every face overwhelmed the poor Hetchy dammers.Next morning the Call reported that Muir the naturalist had packed the meeting, though I had only packed seventy seven stomachs.I'm pegging away trying to write & hoping that like Marian you have got rid of your coldI am ever fondly faithfully yoursJohn Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1910 Feb 22


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File Identifier

Reel 19, Image 0171

Collection Identifier

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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