[James S. Tom Robinhood Merriam]
[letterhead]June 12 1909My dear Muir than Monarch of the mountainsI cannot tell you with what pleasure I read your note of a few days ago I wanted and have been wanting ever since Helen wrote me you had returned to hear your voice - not "from across the canon [diacritic]" but face to face as to Robin - But it is you that are the [genuine?] Robin Hood- In who have to much to give [man?] [illegible]ly toss wealth eve[n?] for your riches -How I wish it were reasonably possible to accept your suggestion and go again into the wilderness [and?] [move?] with the [philosophers?] of the Sierra - And what pleasure it would be twice over since those beautiful and dear daughters are to be with you.Sometimes I almost think I will go since04525 you assure me it would give pleasure to the ch[illegible]g invalid. You hardly imagine what a happy [division?] your suggestion means to me — To go again into that remarkable region with you so wise and dear a wonderer as you and they.I long to talk with you of your travels - and it more than flatters me that I could help to make your happy summer pleasanter - and to really believe that my presence would help Helen to hasten to get well -The very thought of these things makes me [illegible] about for a possibility - though I know full well how little reality there is in your kindly words — I have lately returned from the old family home - where I go each year to attend to the resting places of so many of my family - It is only there I find the major part - Perhaps you [heard?] of the burning of my brothers Cl[illegible]'s home last autumn - [letterhead]It is only about the ashes of the [loved?] ones and the places which knew them best – that I go to seek them now-I feel that I am not growing younger and yet I enjoy life and nature and its beauty as much as ever- But what it would be to go to the Grand Canon [diacritic] and the fossil Forest with you for the balast of wisdom and the girls for charms of youth and loveliness - I am thankful that it all appeals to me still as it ever did -I hope I will hear from you and good news of the dear invalid.Believe me always and to the last faithfully and with most loving admirationTom Robinhood04525
1909 Jun 12
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.
Merriam, James S. Tom Robinhood, "Letter from [James S. Tom Robinhood Merriam] to John Muir, 1909 Jun 12." (1909). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5800.
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