[James S. Tom Robinhood Merriam]


John Muir


[1][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 [2]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 - [3][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


New York

Date Original

1909 Jun 12


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 18, Image 0536

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