Betty Averell


Betty Averell


John Muir


[2]for through your eyes and heart I've had my first glimpse of those wondrous mountains. Such kind of mountain climbing appeals to me in every way!So dont forget wherever you wander to write, write, write. So that way at least I can travel with you across seas[1]Dear Mr Muir,Ive had such joy lately wandering with you up-Sierra-hill, and down-Sierra-dale, and in hearing and learning of all the hidden beauties and treasures of your land. I shall always count this as my initiation trip with the Sierra Club,05072

[3]and into lands--yes, even to the crowning summit of the other America. And when do you start on that journey? After your busy days of writing and your winning New Haven glory surely that "dissapation" is but well rewarded pleasure!I read Will your account of Yale commencement and he quite agreed it was unequalled in appreciation and in glow of spirit. Both my Father and Will received degrees at Yale tho not [time?] honored ours as yours.Did S write to you that my friend Mrs Cook, whom you met at luncheon at Mrs Hookers last spring, told me she had

[5]longer on even this beautiful earthYou have yet to tell me of your adventures with the publishers. Whoever has your boyhood volume in hand will I know spare no time to put it in form so that we all[4]received a letter from Mr Hooker after his death in which he said he truly hoped he might live long enough to see the bay trees placed in the observatory? Dear man, he must know now more of other worlds and stars and heaven than if he had lingered05072

[6]may share its fun and frolic.I love everything about boyhood, and I love all you have told me of your girlies' girlhood.Please tell me more!Mother joins me in all good wishes for your South American summer. You always have our love.AffectionatelyBetty Averell.July 16th325 East AvenueRochester, N. Y.


Rochester, N. Y.

Circa Date

[1911] Jul 10


Original letter dimensions: 13.5 x 22.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 0488

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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