Carrie Boeker Jump


John Muir


[1] [2-15-'14]My Dear Mr Muir,That you are one of the Beloved of our household may mean very little to you. We were four children of German Evangelical parents in Wisconsin, and we suffered much, and labored more. Your boyhood days took us back to our own and in every line we lived again through the struggle until the final emergence into a strange and almost unknown world. Your mountain books carry us up and over steep passes, through, canyons and forests, and we watch the little water ouzels build their nests, but this Boyhood & youth has brought from us the oft repeated word "yes, he knows" "Truly, he understands!" how we too worked and suffered in silence - with our Aladdin's lamp ever at hand, and fire enough in our brain.Two years ago I went again to the05708

[2]old farm and the old sugar bush, after an absence of over thirty years, and I heard far off strains of sadness as my eyes sought eagerly for some of the old paths my childish feet ran over so swiftly, always bent on some errand of duty. There came an indescribable yearning to stretch across the chasm of years helping hands in love and forgiveness to our st[illegible] directors and lift from them the burden laid by themselves on their hard lives, now ended. How can I write so freely! It is the fellowship of a like experience that makes it possible-I must add that our little girls aged 10 & 8 are devoted to John Muir. They have watched him cross the crevasse, on the sliver inch by inch, with breathless interest and anxiety, but he pales before Stickeen, whose every motion from rubbing his hair close against the wall to putting his four paws carefully in the [illegible]

[3]chink, and the final rush up the opposite side multiplies their sympathies and excited interest to the highest point which dissolves in tears of joy with Stickeen & Mr Muir when the "Saved!" "Saved! Saved!" is heard-My I ask your indulgence for this long letter and subscribe myselfSincerely yours,Carrie Boeker [diacritic] JumpFeb. 15 - 19143340 [illegible] Vale AveOaklandCal.05708


Oakland, Calif.

Date Original

1914 Feb 15


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 22, Image 0181

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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