C. Hart Merriam


C. Hart Merriam


John Muir


[4]Elizabeth & the girls join me in love to you and Wanda and HelenAs ever yours,C. Hart MerriamJohn MuirMartinez, Calif.[1]1919 SIXTEENTH STREET.WASHINGTON.D.C.Jan. 21, 1909My dear Mr Muir:The envelope that carries this to you has been addressed and on my desk a long time waiting, but the pressure of work has tired me out and left no time for personal letters.This is the time of year when congress [illegible] are hardest. They want a lot of information of different kinds, and told in different ways - and it's our job to comply. Besides, it pays. Last year the Biological Survey got an increase of 20 percent and this year we have reason to expect even more.04411 [2]The Hetch Hetchy matter has given me many sad moments for many months. For a long time I had reason to believe the water right would not be granted. Then suddenly the earlier decision was overturned. But I am not free to talk about this. Only I must add that the renewed opening of the subject in congress has given me a ray of hope.You were again most kind to think of our bodily needs in holiday time. How we are like a pack of squirrels - always with nuts in our mouths - or pocket! And those raisins are simply delicious with an abundance for both families all winter & plenty to wash 'em down with![3]Are you mainly at Martinez or mainly at Daggett? Tel[illegible] tells me that Helen is to be there for some time yet. I shall try to go that way and see her on my way to the coast in the spring.How about your [illegible] writings? I hope you are making headway - which is more than I can say for myself as I have never been such an object [illegible] to office routine as during the past year and a quarter. However, I still hope for a chance sometime to get at my life work, even though the outlook at present is not encouraging.Our girls are both busy in the High School. This is Dorothy's last year here & she is planning to go to Smith College, Northampton, next fall.


Washington, D. C.

Date Original

1909 Jan 21


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 29.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 18, Image 0093

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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