there seemed to be a reversed sky, full of twinkling constellations, all the inns and hamlets for leagues around visible from this height!It is pleasant to think of you in that Grand Canon [diacritic] excursion--no doubt it is a delightful party.I was glad to hear Houghton Mifflin were going to put "My First Summer in the Sierras" in print at once. It is a dear book - I lovedPlace: The Muir Woods,Time: May 13th in the present year.Characters of the play: Katharine Hooker, Mariam Hooker.And [illegible] we are in the place named for you, the first time we have visited the spot since its christening! It is very beautiful, but a little more populated than in the old days, when I used to walk to it over the hills, without even a trail - and find05015
the brink of the brook set thick with the prints of deers' feet!You see there is a breathing spell between examinations, and Marian and I are taking two days off. Last night we slept at the little West Point Inn, well toward the top of the mountain. They have built cabins, (with their backs to the wind,) so constructed that you can throw one whole side open, and haveyour bed in full view of the sky. At three o'clock our kind landlady, [masked?], came and woke us, telling us to look at the comet. We opened our eyes, and there directly opposite us was the wonderful thing in all the glory of a crystal-clear mountain atmosphere, lying obliquely across the sky, and just under it hung Venus, bigger and more brilliant than I ever saw it before. Underneath2 it as I read it, and I shall want to read it again as soon as I can.Is it the autobiography or the animal stories you are at work upon now?I wish you were here with us, we would "go up a canon [diacritic]"! I'm not forgetting you are looking over the brim of a very big one where you are.Ever affectionately yoursKatharine Hooker05015
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Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.
Hooker, Katharine, "Letter from Katharine Hooker to John Muir,  May 13." (1911). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6077.
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