The GarretLos Angeles, April [24?]. 1911My dear Mr MuirThe morning after you left us I went away bright and early to Balboa to join Ellie and Maude for a week. It was a happy week, a [pinetree?]-like rest!But today I came back, and where are you? I can't tell you how empty the house seems without you. Your room is swept and ungarnished, the garret hollow and bleak, and there is no John Muir to sit beside me at the table and give me the sensation of a friendly, affectionate presence in this discord09996
[illegible].Only think! that old camera with which I tried to make likeness of you Sunday afternoon was out of order and "fogged" the plates. I am so disappointed, for the little figure of you would have been good. Out of the blur I cut the postage stamp above, you can send it to Helen.My list of books from you grows and grows. I thought I would send it to you as far as it has gone.I have been having a pleasant sort of orgie--just buying whatever I wanted most--which was what I thought you would want [me?] to do. I feel rich, [and?] the best of it is that2they will always be held the dearer for being your gift. I like my books to have associations.I am sending you a letter from Mariam. Parts of it will be of no interest to you, but others you will like to read. It is so like her to apologize for having any recognition of her hard work given here! Once when she had taken honors in something in college and I was pleased at it she said "Mother, if I had been properly examined I should not have taken honors at all." (!!) She says I am not to let [the?]09996
letter be seen by the family, and I have'nt. You alas no longer belong to it, and anyway, I know you will like to see it.Good night. I hope you are having a happy journey eastward.Affectionately yoursKatharine Hooker
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14 cm.
Hooker, Katharine, "Letter from Katharine Hooker to John Muir,  Apr [24 ?]." (1911). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6062.
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