John Muir


John Muir


[Katharine] Hooker


Martinez, June 3, 1909.Dear Mrs HookerOh why left I your home why did I tempt Del Monte etc The pleasant weeks at West Adams stand out in fond memory apart from all others. And to think I had to be absent when Marian is with you!Mr Browne of the Dial & I saw Mr Burroughs off for Honolulu. Now he writes he can't get back on account crowded steamers.I've been pegging sway in my lonely den among my note books, & have found lots of animal stories full of humanity, but none with traits so telling as those revealed in Stickeen Still they all in some degree declare God's love, & offer opportunities for saying good words for "our poor earthborn companions & fellow mortals" So I think it may be worth while to try to make them readable & get them published. "Aren't you lonely in that empty house" you ask. Yes & no. "Alone yet not alone am I." Adams Street is never far out of mind, & I often times wish my notes & scraps-, all the gleanings of my wanderings were in your grand garret.How hot it is here! Lots of Hale's hydrogen must be blazing in the sunbeams. And how fast the months whirl. Here's June all too soon & next comes our outing ere much of anything's done, while from Marian's letter no Hooker may be seen all the summer.But hence vain laments! There's work; up & at it, & cautiously pray time-devouring Hetch Hetchies, Del Montes & speeches may never again catch us.With love, ever yoursJohn Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1909 Jun 3


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Reel 18, Image 0522

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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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