David Douglas


David Douglas


John Muir




June 1 1908.

My dear John Muir

The enclosed letter from Prof Balfour must be my apology for in[illegible]ting another letter upon you in my tiresome hand -
I am glad to see that the Arizona fossils are [exciting?] his attention and I feel sure you will if possible send him a duplicate of No 3



I hope you will be able to give me a good account of Miss Muirs health and that the migration to a dry climate has been successful. - Many thanks for your kind message to Willie & his wife - The appear to be very happy. I am sorry to tell you that we have had an anxi[ous?] household for the last seve[illegible] weeks. - My dear wife has been very ill but thanks to the surgeons care and skill her life has

been prolonged but she will always be an invalid. I fear - however I am very grateful for the prolongation - as long as she does not suffer pain - She is wonderfully patient and bright when she manages to get her natural sleep, and we have a good daughter who watches her lovingly during the day. - We have had a trained nurse for the night work since the 27[th?] of April -


I am [illegible] really hopeful that she may be with us some time longer as a great improvement has taken place during the last few days. She has never lost interest in what is going on [around?] us and your last letter was read aloud to her. Apologising for giving you these family details I am

Yours very sincerely

David Douglas



Date Original

1908 Jun 1


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 17, Image 0649

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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