E [liza ] S. Hendricks
with great pleasure my first meeting with you in the “foot hills” & the good your did me then; and your kind care for me during my sickness in Yosemite. I have a young nephew — 15 yrs. old who [illegible] scientific [illegible] & I often wish he could come under your influence. He is now engaged in “mounds” & “mound Builders”. If you known of any work particularly helpful and entertaining on that subject I would be glad to hear of it. I would be glad to hear from you some time when you have leasure for letter-writing! I am afraid such seasons are few & far between. I received a letter from brother Thom’s wife last week giving a glowing account of your visit to Chico. She says — “He is if possible more entertaining than before. He is the same guileless, simple hearted man as when we first knew him; & it was such a pleasure to have him with us. Surely there is
[in margin: no one like him in all the world." You have no truer friend and admirer than my quiet little undemonstrative sister Mame. But what a long letter I am drawing out. I hope you have time to read it. Yours with kindest regards E.S. Hendricks.]
296 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis March 22 — ‘80
Dear Mr. Muir –
I enclose a card which was handed to me a year & a half, or two years ago. The one who have it to me, is a dear friend, & wife of a former pastor; and the name upon the card is that of her sister. The latter I have never met, but her sister — Mrs. Mason says that she is an enthusiastic botanist, and she thinks it would be such a great pleasure for her sister to know & converse with so enthusiastic a scientist as you are – that she is anxious for her to meet you. Mrs. Mason, hearing me speak of your long geological tramps and of the happy accident by which I met you, hoped that some of your rambles might take you into her Miss Campbell’s neighborhood; and that if you had her name, & were so requested
by me, you would call upon her, The contingency is rather remote is it not? If it had been less so, I should the more regret its not having been in my power to comply with hers. Mason’s request at an earlier date. What a way you have of hiding away from your friends by the year or the two years. I read your letter to Mrs. Moores — also to Janet, and enjoyed them. I told Mrs. Moores that, when I sat down to read them, I was suffering from that great affliction — a [petty?] annoyance; and that you took my away off, and under the influence of the “everlasting [illegible]lls” which always — “have power to quiet The restless pulse of care, And come like the benediction That follows after prayer.” I am glad to hear that you really think of turning your steps eastward soon. I hope it will not end in thought, but that you will indeed give us the pleasure of taking you by the hand once more. I remember
1880 Mar 22
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.
Hendricks, Eliza S., "Letter from E [liza ] S. Hendricks to John Muir, 1880 Mar 22." (1880). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 526.
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