Katharine Hooker


John Muir


[1][letterhead]July 10My dear friendI had begun to think you had already run away to the mountains, for when I passed through Los Angeles I could not get one answer from you over the telephone, and Homer Earle tried many times without success.I had not the time to go out to Hollywood, for we went on to the south at once and spent two weeks between Los Angeles and Mexico. Going over the border at Tia Juana we found a small dirty village and a handful of brown young men playing at soldiers. They grinned at us and seemed to realize the05221

[2]joke they were trying to carry out.Back of San Diego we motored about in a pretty country, full of little mountains and lovely valleys full of oaks. I'm afraid it would have been rather mild for you but we enjoyed it and a far as my brother was concerned it was a complete success. We had been so troubled about his not being well, and oppressed with over-work, but all his cares fell away and he entered into the spirit of the thing and enjoyed it to the full. Besides my brother and his wife there were my cousin Margaret Whitney & my sister Bessie, so that the car was full, more than full including our[3]luggage, a coffee pot, a shovel and various other necessities. We had no accidents or detentions, though we often had to get out and climb steep places, or scramble down nearly perpendicular declivities and once we "drowned our engine" in a deep brook, and occasionally we stopped over night where there was not much to eat. All those were just incidents on the way home and we did not grumble you may be sure.After it I came directly up here where Marian had been trying to settle the house. She has no love for automobiles and would not accompany us on the trip. Ellie came here with me and we are05221

[4]all packed into the little place. I wish it were not quite so small. The weather is cold and foggy--real San Francisco summertime!I'm glad you miss me out of the southern country. It seems strange to me to think the house down there is shut up and empty, and the faithful Agnes gone and only Willrek on guard outside.I think you will be very wise to have a change from "[ward?] work" to the open country. If you think of going to Alaska as late as next month, would you think of taking Ellie and Maude with you? I have not mentioned it to either[5]3 of them, but I am sure it would do them good and I believe you would like to have their company. Maude is not going to close our house till next month.Yes--do write--some magazine articles on the interesting subjects you wrote in your letter.Ever affectionately yoursKatharine Hooker05221


San Francisco

Circa Date

[1912] Jul 10


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.

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Reel 20, Image 1101

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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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