John Muir


John Muir


Helen [Muir]


Funston Camp July 18/08

Darling Helen :

About 100 of the Whitney party got back to this main camp yesterday & today, all except 2 having got. to the top & of course are happy & exhilarated. Almost everyone in the outing is a good tough walker & climber but none could outwalk or outclimb you when you were at your best in the ante-grip & pneumonia days, & doubtless at the speed toward complete recovery you are now making you will soon be as tough & sound as ever, & even stronger & better in every way.
I got your 1st letter on the 17th & was very glad after so long a silence wh seemed longer on account of the many new sights & sounds of the people & mountains. It seems wonderful that so torrid a temp -as 115 should be even barely tolerable to you not to any pleasant & according to your own heart It is like being tried in a fiery furnace which must surely roast out all the base disease ore & leave only the pure health gold. How does old [illegible?] take such temperature.
1 suppose we will start home the day after tomorrow & you therefore should send all letters to Martinez hereafter, tho any ranching Mineral king after we pass it will be forwarded
I had a fine trip all alone as of yoro up one the tributary streams reaching far up in the kaweah Mountains. Saw a waterousel feeding its young etc. etc. wh I'll tell you about soon.I' m feeling better every day, & lose & less regret loss of time on this fine piney mountain outing. My kindest regards to all the good Daggett folk who have been & are so kind to us these late eventful & trying times.

Much love to you Darling, from your own
John Muir


Funston Camp

Date Original

1908 Jul 18


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 17, Image 0761

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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3 pages


Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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