Henry Fairfield Osborn


John Muir


850 Madison Avenue,New York City,Tuesday, May 7th, 1912.My dear friend:Your letter tonight from Martinez made us very happy, for it fairly brought you back to our midst. We miss you so much after your long sojourn. I imagine you now, pouring forth from your stores of nature and human nature wisdom, and our boys and girls taking the philosophy of the true life of ideas and of deep understanding of the glory and wonder of nature.I owe you, since our Alaska journey, and in many conversations, an altogether new nature-feeling, and a passion to save it from destruction.Save for regular Sundays at Garrison, our way has its even tenor, I am writing much - four or five hours a day, and am saying the last word in me on certain subjects, clearing decks for my larger work on the ?Josephine is as sweet as ever. Loulie has completely regained her strength. We are now considering a two months' journey in Italy and France, during June and July, and early August, possibly leaving here on the 12th of June.I fear you were unable to see Mrs. of Madame Hancock Ross. If you should return for a while to Los Angeles you could not do me a greater favor than to secure her approval for our American Museum work, under Merriam of Univ. of California, who will insure all new things to the State of California.We all send our greetings and love to you. Always,Faithfully yours,Henry Fairfield Osborn05190


[New York]

Date Original

1912 May 7


Original letter dimensions: 17 x 29.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 0965

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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