Helen Muir


Helen [Muir]


[John Muir]


Daggett, Cal. May 22 - 08

Dear Papa

This is a beautiful warm morning & both Wanda & I feel fine & cheerful. Last evening Wanda took her first horseback ride & felt well after it so she is going to take a short slow ride every day, & get back her strength. She feels better already though she has only been on the desert a few days. It is so good to have her here. She cannot learn to be absolutely care-free & content with living in a simple desert way, as I have happily learned, but I think she will come near to it before she

leaves me, & she is just resting & trying to gain strength. We drive some too, so I can show her my desert & she enjoys the coloring & the bigness of it all.
Though it has been very windy the last few days, it is warm - 80° & 90° so my side hasnt pained me any since Wanda came. I have a fine ambitious appetite right along.
Mr Van Dyke went to San Bernardino for a few days, on No. 3 yesterday, & Mary & Dick are boarding at Mrs Funk's just now. Hay making goes on & all are busy.

How are you? Dont shut youself up in the old house & starve on tea & sardines too long. Im glad to hear that the little book is coming on. And how is poor Hetch Hetchy?
I must go now, & write again tomorrow.

Always lovingly yours



Daggett, Calif.

Date Original

1908 May 22


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 27 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 17, Image 0595

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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