Mary E. Newton
820 Worthington Place Omaha My dear Mr. Muir: We have just reached home, and I hasten to acknowledge my indebtedness to you for your letters of introduction, which were exceedingly helpful to me. Mr. Sell and his son we found charming gentlemen. Mrs. Braut to whom I delivered your message about the French bread, said she thought you might go again soon to the canyon; while Mr. Stevenson thought you might be out to the Petrified
Forests again next year. Mr Washburn, at Wawona, asked me several times to write to you and urge you to at once put your valuable notes into books for the benefit and enjoyment of humanity. We all hope for new books from your pen soon. Everyone spoke in terms of great admiration of you and your work, and of your daughters. The Stevensons, especially Mr. Stevenson himself, praised your daughter Wanda (as they always spoke of her) so much and so highly, and told so often of her noble qualities, that I feel it as a personal loss that I did not become acquainted with her when at her home. When I told them of her noble heroism with the baby twins, they were not at all surprised, but said it was just like her. We found the Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forests more beautiful and wonderful than we had dreamed, and enjoyed to the uttermost every moment of our stay. I do not suppose that we shall ever find places in this world, barring home, that we will leave with great reluctance and regret than we left the Yosemite, the Grand Canyon and the Petrified Forests.
The delightful days with you in Muir Woods and at your home will live always in our memories, and we shall always feel under obligations to you for your many kindnesses to us all. The books you presented to me are highly prized. Stikeen [Stickeen] I read aloud to the family, and the highest praise I can give it is to say that at its conclusion none of us was dry-eyed. We at once bought ten copies and gave them to friends. We hope to some day see you in our own home; and if there is ever any way in which we can serve you, command us. Sincerely yours, Mary E. Newton Sept. 24, 1909
1909 Sep 24
Original letter dimensions: 25 x 16 cm.
Newton, Mary E., "Letter from Mary E. Newton to John Muir 1909 Sep 24" (1909). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5881.
MSS 048 John Muir Papers
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