Mary [Muir Hand]
I trust permanent improvement will be realized, and continued good healthGive her my best wishes when you write. And remember me to Wanda I should be happy to see her - and her little sonYou have a grandson and I have a grand-daughter Wonder if they will ever correspond- -Sarah tells me you have been requested to write your autobiography, we hope to see it sometime. My dear brother John,-It is long since I wrote to you, and longer since we received a letter from you. Quite often I hear of you from Sarah, and once in a long while Margaret mentions you in a letter. What would I do without sisters. Without them I would no doubt write oftener to you - and that is what I ought to do - but you see I am a "no good" correspondent04420 I have a very good portrait of you hanging here in my sitting room and I like to look at it and would greatly miss it if I could not see it - but we would be far more pleased to see you, and hear your voice; Is there no hope of your coming to this part of the world?If you ever go far east again please come this way and stop a while with us. I know you are not much interested in Nebraska but we would like to see you- A family reunion has been mentioned for next summer I do hope we all may be able to get together- If this is not possible for next summer - surely by another summer. Joanna's journey would be long - but let us hope she may be able to endure it; We are getting aged- and the family must not wait too long.Sarah's recent letter tells of your daughter Helen's improved health- it made me glad- and We are in usual health - and hope you are well- May I hear from you soon? it would give me pleasure.AffectionatelySister Mary.January 31- 1909.Kearney, Neb.Address418 W. 29th St.KearneyNebr.2.A young lady friend of ours, living in Seattle - who lately sent to me a copy of "The Mountaineer" of November, 1908. - A [illegible]o publication, Vol 1 - No 4- The frontispiece is "The Mountains'--John MuirThe page is in beautiful print, beautiful lettering, and the ornamentation in taste - making that page well worthy of being framed and hung where it can be seen and considered - perhaps you04420 have seen the number - but in case you have not - I give the quotation.Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.Isnt that fine? I like it but have never climbed a mountain - Our Seattle friend is enthusiastic in climbing and a lover of nature - and is interested in your writings.She hopes some time to go with the Club - in a summer outing and mountain climbing. if she may have the pleasure of joining them.
1909 Jan 31
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 26.5 cm.
Hand, Mary Muir, "Letter from Mary [Muir Hand] to [John Muir], 1909 Jan 31." (1909). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5675.
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