Ursa MajorMarch 9.Dear John MuirThe deluge continues [down?] here, and as I fancy it is even moister with you in the north, where things are not done by halves.I should have written you before now, only that we have looked to see you now each day till this last storm. I did write you from San Francisco before leaving, thinking you had reached Los04974
Angeles there. Your letters are piling up here--do you want them sent to you, or will you wait till Mrs. Thompson can help you reply to them?Yesterday I saw Helen and [Jenny?] Budallia. Helen was looking very pretty and very cheerful though she was in bed. She went out without enough wraps and took a little cold, so they put her to bed again. She said I was to tell you nothing serious came2 of it excepting that it postponed the time of her going back to the desert. She seemed, indeed to be rather pleased that she had had this slight set-back, because it was proved that the baby took no notice of it but kept on thriving just the same. As for that infant, both his parents appear to think highly of him, Mr. Funk's only anxiety being lest he is dangerously intelligent at an early age!Helen said she would have written you before now, but that she has04974
expected your arrival daily.Everything here is much as when you went away. I'd like to tell you there are changes, but the only ones that have taken place are in my own mind, which has become clearer on certain points. Even this is a solace to me. I will tell you of it when you come.Ever affectionately yoursKatharine Hooker
Ursa Major [Los Angleles]
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14 cm.
Hooker, Katharine, "Letter from Katharine Hooker to John Muir, [1911 ?] Mar 9." (1911). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6026.
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