[Katharine Hooker]


John Muir


[4]next door to Osgoods After we have lived in it long enough to be ready to undertake some trouble, we shall build another, there will be [illegible] enough after we have moved this one away. We are having it put in order and made clean, and by the time you come back it will be all ready for you to come and visit us in it. A man wants to buy the house in Los Angeles.[1]3255 Pacific AveOct. 4Just received Sep 16 on return from [illegible] to ParaMy very dear friendThis at Buenos AiresIt was good to hear from you again after the long silence of your journey to that far south, and how glad I was to know that you were already getting a rich return in your wandering. But you seem very far away, and you are going still further! How I should like to join you now and then with but spirit, but with eyes adjusted to05125

[2]and [illegible] Viewing this world & enjoying all things therein.(Did you ever hear of such effrontery! Just as I had finished writing the top line my [illegible] came in, I jumped up to greet him, he sat down in my place and wrote the end of the sentence to please himself.) You speak as though you had not received the letters Marian and I wrote you just in time to reach you before you sailed? You do not give an address in South America, so I can [3]only direct this to Para and trust to its following you. It took a month for this letter of yours from there to reach me.When I got better of my illness in Los Angeles we went to Lake Tahoe, Marian, Ellie and I. When Ellie went back to open her school and Marian and I came to [illegible] for a while. Did I tell you? (perhaps I had not done it [illegible] I wrote to you) that I have bought a little house here

[5]but we are not ready to sell it yet. I do not want to lose my foothold there for a time at least. Fred and Alice are there taking care of it and the faithful Agnes takes care of them. In a few days we are going there to make a visit of three or four weeks.Ellie and Maude had a glorious trip to Tahiti and you should hear them talk about its tropical vegetation.05125

[6]Thank you so much for my inscribed copy of the Sierra journal. I feel as though it were really mine now!I hope to have another letter from you soon.I wish your journeying were not so solitary.Ever affectionately yoursKatharine Hooker


[San Francisco]

Circa Date

[1911] Oct 4


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 24.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 0665

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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