Alpine [illegible]Mt. Lane, May 17My dear friendI expected to have been in San Francisco before now, getting that little shelter we call the "Wandohed" into order for occupation, but instead a bandit has me imprisoned in this fastness of the mountains! Last Friday Osgood and his wife arrived in Los Angeles, on their way to find a little altitude09994
and a measure of warmth, for a week's stay. Osgood has been ill running down fast lately and having almost continuous headaches, such as he is always subject to. A little respite was necessary. I accompanied them up here meaning to go back [illegible] affairs in L. A. and go [illegible] [illegible] but I was laid violent hands on and compelled to remain! So here I am and the Bandit does not say when I am to be released. Being2fond of the said Bandit I succumb yet I am rather anxious to proceed with [illegible] down below.Just as I came away, my book from you arrived, and the two illustrations look very nice, if I do say it, as shouldn't. When I read the inscription on the fly leaf I says to myself, says I, "Very nice, but not as affectionate as it might09994
be. Presently however, I discovered that little [illegible] upon which I smiled broadly and was satisfied.Yes, as you imply, this is a [plundering?] world and friends are always getting scattered, losing the trail, being turned aside, torn apart, confronted by divided duties. How are we to mend it!I do trust your cold is better. You have to burrow too much among dusty thingsAffectionatelyKatharine Hooker
Mt. Lowe [Calif.]
Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.
Hooker, Katharine, "Letter from Katharine Hooker to [John Muir], [1912 ?] May 17." (1912). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6277.
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