Katharine M. Graydon


John Muir


[4]"I've got the Test of Thoreau in my head and if I read Stickeen a few times more I'll be able to recite that. There's a man for you, not to mention the dog! ++++ Stickeen was only such a mite of a dog, But what a man he followed! I feel as if I should put on high-heeled slippers and carry a fan, and a lace handkerchief when I think of him, etc. etc. Evidently you have more than one admiring Hoosier friend!I should like to know how things are in the Valley, and often wish I could look in to see you, and the girls and babies, and all the others. Never do I forget your kindess, never.[1]Aug 29, 12303 Downey AvenueIndianapolis, Ind.Dear Mr. Muir,I was grateful for your letter several weeks ago, as I am for each remembrance. Indeed, it was a disappointment to me not to have you along as you crossed the continent, but we are hoping you will be coming East again ere Jny.We are all as usual, tho' the elders grow feeble. We middle-aged once more busy. And the younger brood growing05265

[2]like weeds, a good handful I assure you. Our oldest grandchild, Katharine Jameson, enters College next month, a beautiful, retiring, gifted girl of seventeen. I sometimes wonder if Aunt Kate's type of mind is not her fine inheritance.I still teach at Butler College holding the chair in English Literature hearing in memory the name of Catharine Merrill. It is a beautiful work, and I am constantly grateful for the opportunity it offers, and to have the opportunity lie at my[3]home door, where I may be at last united with my own.What are you doing these days? Are you writing up last year's great trip? I hope so, and that you are using your notes, placing them in a form that we all may have. I know how you used to talk, but hope you look at things more seriously now. This morning I picked up a story the girls had been reading, Gene Stratton-Porters The Harvester, where I came across a reference to Stickeen and to you. Of course, you've seen it, but, in case not, I'm going to copy:

[5]3and I want you to feel it. Your long talks, which opened my eyes and my soul were of my richest pleasures and are still often in my mind. I never fail to feel your goodness in bestowing such wealth upon such an ignoramus, and let me again bless you for it all.With love to Wanda and Helen, I am everYour affectionate friend,Katharine M. GraydonAug. 29 191205265


Indianapolis, Ind.

Date Original

1912 Aug 29


Original letter dimensions: 17 x 26.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 1247

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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