Katharine Hooker


John Muir


[1]3277 Pacific Ave.S. F. August 31My dear friendYour letter was a real pleasure as letters from you always are. Nobody writes just as you do, nobody says things in just your way, but then there is a warm heart behind any syllable of yours besides the strong brain.Your modesty though is droll! To urge me to writing out my small adventures and say they might in expression05246

[2]parallel yours--ah! you dear, funny friendBut I had no idea you had been traveling so far in a motor, though I did know you had been in Yosemite through Dr. Walter [Barlno?] a Los Angeles friend of ours who was much pleased to meet you there. And now you are working hard, and I wonder whether you are remembering to eat enough? I suspect you of often forgetting food. Where do you suppose I have been2 [3]for the last two weeks? In Los Angeles. The house there has been as empty as yours, for I locked the door and left it when I came away from it last June, without even a care-taker to inhabit it.H[illegible] Ellie and I (she was with me) found it rather amusing to range about it this time and know there was not another creature in it at night.Ellie got our breakfast and we ate it on the veranda. For our other meals we foraged05266

[4]where we could, and often dined with friends. Every morning I went down to the office and played business-woman, for Mr [Burlow?] was off on a fortnight's vacation and I opened the mail, banked checks, and altogether behaved like a practiced hand. Mr [Burlow?] will now give me a testimonial!Now I am back home. I found Mrs Dickey in the house with Marian but she went yesterday up to Humboldt County to see the redwood forests. Donald is[5]somewhere up there and they will join forces later.Next month I am going down to Los Angeles again to stay two or three weeks. Don't you think by that time you will need a vacation and had better go with me?I am sending you three photographs I took on our motor trip. That lonely little [Torray?] pine interested me very much. Ellie sends you the picture of me and says if you like it keep it, but if05266

[6]you don't think it a good likeness send it back to her.Marian is hard at work. She is off early in the morning and is away at Berkeley eleven hours a day.Ever affectionately yoursKatharine Hooker


S[an] F[rancisco]

Circa Date

[1912] Aug 31


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 20, Image 1253

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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