John Muir


John Muir


[Katharine] Hooker


[2]side of the continent I've been in a dizzy whirl of national park work, book publishing arrangements, South American plans, visits, receptions, dinners etc. In particular I feel bound to do all in my power for the Hetch Hetchy Valley ere I vanish in the wildernesses of the other America.The interest taken in my simple work seems wonderful and wonderful too it seems that I have been able to endure weeks of late hours & extravagant lionizing with no apparent injury. After a dinner the American Alpine Club is arranging for me, & the cap & gown affair I may get some real work done. I long to hear from you. How bravely are you enduring your heavy load. The letter you enquire about with various[1][letterhead]New York CityMay 24th 1911My dear Mrs Hooker.Your note of May 17th just received on my return from Boston, and I'm so glad to get your S. F. address to which letters may now fly straight from heart to heart.The above will be my address until the first week of July though any letters sent in Johnson's care will reach me here. I am stopping with the Harriman's, a grand place and perfect home in which now that the greater part of the Hetch Hetchy Washington work is done I hope to finish the Yosemite book.Ever since my arrival on this crowded

[4]but will probably go straight to Para & up the great river as a beginning Anyhow and anywhere I'm faithfully affectionately your friendJohn Muir[3]inclosures was duly received and you may rest assured[letterhead]that communication is now perfectly reliableYou say you seem to have lost me altogether. You should know that while I live such loss is impossible. All Hookers are in my heart to stay. You and M. the deepest of all.It's kind of you to care so much about my loneliness in my travels but I'm always fortunate as a wanderer & fear nothing fate has in store. Have no plans as yet


New York

Date Original

1911 May 24


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 0314

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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