Helen Muir


Helen [Muir]


[John Muir]


Daggett, Cal. May 3 - 1908

Dear Papa

We have had quite a storm. Yesterday afternoon it rained some here in the valley, and when the clouds lifted toward evening we saw that it had snowed on the mountains to the south. All night the wind fairly roared, and it was cold, but this morning is much warmer and tho' still windy, the sun is bright. I got into warm clothes yesterday for I felt a change coming, and last night I had lots of blankets, so Ive not minded the weather. Being Sunday, we all got up late this morning and Ive just finished a big breakfast - my appetite holds good.
In your letter that came yesterday you wanted me to tell you just how I stand now. In general health I feel splendid - am steadily growing stronger and more like my old healthy


self. My cough is gone, save a slight tickle in my throat sometimes that dont amount to anything. My lung has scarcely any feeling in it now, and my ribs are almost well. The right side, which troubled me least, is perfectly well, but there seems to be a good-sized spot on the left side that isnt quite nornmal. There is a small swelling there still, tho' it is much less than it was last winter, and it pains me very little. In fact I only feel it during a change of weather and am sure that whatever it is, it is gradually going away. I don't know just what I weigh, for I havent been on the scale for several weeks, but I am certainly fat enough. Mrs Funk feeds me well, and I sleep fine, and haven't a single worry or care. I don't think I ever was more care-free and happy than I am here on


this desert of mine. During the warm days I really feel perfectly well, and absorb sunshine all day. I have been thinking I would report to Dr Moffett & let him know how finely Im getting ahead for he asked me to report from time to time.
Im so glad that Wanda is well enough to be home again, and I'll be glad too, to hear that all business trades are finished. I hope Aunt Margaret is better. Give her my love when you see her.
I must get this off now, for Mr Funk is going to town.

Lovingly your




Daggett, Calif.

Date Original

1908 May 3


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.

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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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