Im glad you are not going to sell the Los Angeles garret & garden. Why, I hardly know. Perhaps because Im weary & lonesome with a long hot journey ahead & I feel as if I was again bidding you all goodby. I think you may send me a word or two to Cape Town, c/o the American Consul. It would not be lost for it would follow me.Its perfectly marvelous how kind hundreds of people have been to this wanderer & the new beauty stored up is far beyond telling. Give my love to Marian Maude & Ellie & all who love you. I wish you would write a line now & then to darling Helen. She has a little bungalow of her own now at 233 Formosa Avenue. Hollywood Cal.It's growing late & I've miserable packing to do.GoodnightAnd once more, dear dear friend GoodbyJohn Muir[letterhead]Dec. 6 1911My dear friendYour letter of Oct. 4 from San Francisco was forwarded from Para to Buenos Aires & received there at the American Consulate. Your & Marian's letter dated Aug. 7th were received at Para, not having been quite in time to reach me before I sailed, but forwarded by Mrs. Osborn. I can't think how I could have failed to acknowledge them I have them & others with me & they have been read times numberless When I was feeling lonely on my strange wanderings in all sorts of places.But I'm now done with this glorious continent at least for the present, as far as
hard journeys along rivers across mtns & tablelands & through strange forests are concerned. I've seen all I sought for & far far far more. From Para I sailed to Rio de Janeiro & at the first eager gaze into its wonderful harbor saw that it was a glacier bay as unchanged by everything as any in Alaska, every rock in it & about it a glacial monument tho within 23º of the equator & feathered with palms instead of spruces. While every mountain & bay all the way down the coast to the Rio Grande do Sul corroberates the strange icy story . From Rio I sailed to Santos & Nunes struck inland & wandered most joyfully a thousand miles or so mostly in the State of Parana throughmillions of acres of the ancient tree I was so anxious to find Araucaria Braziliensis. Just think of the glow of my joy in these noble aboriginal forests, the face of every tree marked with the inherited experiences of millions of years.From Paranagua I sailed for Buenos Aires, Crossed the Andes to Santiago Chile, thence south four or five hundred miles. Then straight to the snowline & found a glorious forest of Araucaria imbricata the strangest of the strange genus.The day after tomorrow, Dec. 8th, I intend to sail for Tenereeffe on way to South Africa. Then home some way or other. but I can give no address until I reach New York. I'm so glad your health is restored, & now that you are free to obey your heart & have your brother's help & Marian's cosmic energy your good doing can have no end.
1911 Dec 6
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Katharine Hooker], 1911 Dec 6." (1911). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6199.
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