John Muir


John Muir


Katharine Hooker


Martinez Oct. 30, 1912Dear friend Katharine HookerI saw Marian last Saturday just for a moment as we stepped from a train at the Palo Alto station. I was startled & surprised as if she had suddenly appeared on one of my Amazon vine-tangled jungle walks. Strange that we had been in adjacent cars without knowing it, as if in the eternal unfitness of these contrary heart things neither long or short journeys together were ever to be allowed us. She was on a visit to a cousin & I to the Kelloggs, & as we all met in a bunch on the station platform I had no chance to speak to her. Nevertheless the glimpse I got of her face assured me that she was not hurt by overwork as I had feared but on the joyful contrary was in perfect health buoyant & bright as Aurora in springtime.At the Yosemite Park conference I had many opportunities to explain Hetch Hetchy & park affairs in general. Last Friday put the last touches on the Sierra Club's reply to engineer Freeman's one-sided plea for Hetch Hetchy destruction and now I'm busy with my own natural

work. But shut yourself up as you may there is no perfect peace anywhere. How unlike the peace of the wilderness however full of savage beasts is the war of the nations over the seas & beside us in Mexico. And is the killing of Presidents never to cease? The best loved & most useful of all the world's rulers seem always to be the ones selected for murder. That the assassin's bullet was providentialy turned aside form Roosevelt's heart all the good everywhere wil thank God & rejoice.Love to all who love youEver affectionately yours near or far in the peace or warJohn Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1912 Oct 30


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Reel 20, Image 1385

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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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