John Muir


John Muir


Mary [Muir Hand]


[1]Martinez Contra Costa County Cal. Dec 20, 1880.My dear Sister Mary,I am so glad to know that your little man-boy is prospering so well & that he is already giving evidence of prodigious talent Geology, did you say! & botany! Well you cannot , I think I might venture to say, be quite sure as to the ologies as yet, but he will no doubt have more than ordinary talent & living in a fresh wild country he will be pretty sure to be healthy. I am coming to see you my lassie & all those sketches[2]that you have been making since last I saw you, just as soon as the good Lord will let me away from my studies & my new duties. In the meantime we expect a long visit from a relative of the family that will no doubt claim a good deal of my time, & this in addition to my writing will make it impossible to come to you this year. That exacting relative has no name as yet. I mean a baby who is to appear in a month or two. If I have forgotten to answer your husbands letter I am very sorry

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[3]I usually answer all home letters as soon as they come to hand because they are so very numerous I am unable to remember whether or no they receive a reply ere they are laid away. How delightful it is to think of you & Joanna so near, &, lovers of Nature as you both so keenly are, in so wild & so beautiful a region. I only wish that I could see you both every day & give you the benefit or the burden of one of my long talks. You know that though far from fluent I always was an inveterate speaker, & I grow worse & worse as I grow [4]older. It must be hard for Maggie in her poor health to begin home making afresh so far from Sarah & mother & all of you save Dan. Still she will I devoutly hope become accustomed to the change without much suffering. Away & away you all we all are flying like winged seeds, & taking root far apart. Heaven bless us all & keep us close together in eternal family love. With Lou’s kindest regard I am every cordially & lovingly your brotherJohn MuirRemember me to Mr Hand & to Mr Brown I look forward with great pleasure to the time [in margin: when I shall make their acquaintance.]


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1880 Dec 20


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0388

Collection Identifier

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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