Kate M. Graydon


Kate M. Graydon


John Muir



From being my teacher, he has become my friend, & one that [in margin: 954] I take the greatest pleasure in introducing to you.

As ever your friend Kate M. Graydon

Can I not hope to hear from you sometime?




Dec. 12th, 1879. 232 N. Alabama St.

Dear Mr. Muir, -

For two or three years I have thought often of writing to you, indeed, I went so far once as to get your direction & commence a letter. I will now send a few lines introducing to you Prof. Jordan, one of my teachers & best friends. I send this with a little quaking of the heart. What if you should ask “Who is Kate Graydon”? Still I have faith that even ten or twelve years have not obliterated the pleasant little friendship formed

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one summer so long ago. The remembrance on my part was wonderfully quickened one morning nearly two years ago, when Prof. Jordan read to our class the sweetest, brightest, most musical article on the “Water Ouzel” from Scribner. The writer, he said, was John Muir. The way my acquaintance of long ago developed into friendship, & the way I proudly said I knew you, would have made you laugh. What shall I say of your articles? They are as refreshing as I imagine a sea breeze or the mountain air to be. We have all read & re-read them, & have


wished to see you. [underlined: Do] come back, & come soon. Can’t you come next summer? Why, we have all grown out of your knowledge. The three children you knew best — the ones who long ago in the dark room delighted to read to & bring you flowers – are now men & women. Merrill is a young lawyer, with all sorts of aspirations. Janet is at home, a young lady of leisure. Your “little friend Katie” is teacher in a fashionable boarding school, which, I know is not much of recommendation to a man who turns his eyes away from all flowers but the wild rose & the sweet brier. Prof. Jordan anticipates pleasure in your acquaintance, & I am sure each will enjoy the other.


Indianapolis, [Ind]

Date Original

1879 Dec 12


Original letter dimensions: 19.5 x 29.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 1180

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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