Janet Douglass [Moores]


John Muir



With much love & the kindest of wishes, I am your friend, Janet Douglass

[in margin: 914]



Indianapolis Indiana December 15th, 1879. 232 [N.?] Ala.

My Dear Mr. Muir,

My letter is on the same errand as Katie’s to introduce to you our friends Prof. Jordan and Charles Gilbert. Katie has perhaps given you an enthusiastic description of Prof. Jordan, at whose shrine we worship. A long time ago, when we were children, a certain young Scotchman one of the few who remain young, John Muir by name filled the place that is kept for heroes in little girls’ hearts. But John Muir went away and as ten years passed by, a great fellow, with a big heart and a big beard unconsciously worked his way

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almost into John Muir’s place. It would never do to say, quite. Long the girls had waited for the return of their early friend. At length, “He cometh not,” they said and opened their doors to the Professor. Now will you open the doors of your valley or of your home wherever it is and take in our friends. Mr. Gilbert is a class mate of mine, a member of ’79, a wide-awake, pleasant boy, who doesn’t wish to be called a young gentleman. I said to “me of the boys” not long ago, “Mr. Gilbert has good luck,” “Well, he deserves it” was the reply. I think you will find him after your own heart, for like you, his friends are birds and flowers as well as people. We read of your being in Alaska. Cannot you find as interesting


places on the Atlantic Coast? I know you can find as inter- esting, or perhaps I should say as interested people. We have been happy this last week to shake hands with Pres. Grant a Julia Ward Howe, but I think if John Muir were to return, he would find, if not a inder welcome, a warmer one Mamma has not been well this fall, but is better now. She sends her love. The rest of us are as usual; Charles, a strapping fellow, a school-teacher, no longer the little “Prince Charley”, whom you once knew, Merrill a famous law student & as much of a Scamp as ever – As for Janet – she is a “jack of all trades & master of none.”


Indianapolis, Indiana

Date Original

1879 Dec 15


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 03, Image 1184

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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