Katharine Hooker


[John Muir]


[1]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

[2]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. Being[3]2fond 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

[4]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.]

Circa Date

[1912] May 17


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 0999

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

Copyright Statement

Some letters written to John Muir may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Owning Institution

Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.


3 pages


Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.