John Muir


John Muir


[Katharine] Hooker


Martinez, Dec. 17, 1910—Dear Mrs Hooker, I'm glad you're at work on a book: for as far as I know however high or low Fortune's winds may blow o'er life's solemn main there is nothing so saving as good hearty work. From a letter just received from the Lark I learn the good news that Mr Hooker is also hard at work with his pen.As for myself I've been reading old musty dusty Yosemite notes until I'm tired & blinky blind, trying to arrange them in something like lateral medial & terminal moraines on my den floor. I never imagined I had accumulated so vast a number. The long trains & embankments & heaped up piles are truly appalling. I thought that in a quiet day or two I might select all that would be required for a guide book; but the stuff seems enough for a score of big jungle books, & it's very hard I find to steer through it on anything like a steady course in reasonable time. Therefor I'm beginning to see that I'll have to pick out only a moderate sized bagful for the book & abandon the bulk of it to waste away like a snowbank or grow into other farms as time & chance may determineSo after all I may be able to fly south in a few days & alight in your fine canyon garret. Anyhow with good will & good wishes to you all I am ever faithfully affectionatelyJohn Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1910 Dec 17


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 19, Image 0998

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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