John Muir


John Muir


[William F.] Herrin


(Copied from rough draft of letter marked Y-10) [ca 24 May 1914] Dear Mr. Herrin: Thanks, thanks, thanks for your everlasting kindness. Ever since that last delightful night at your home I have been lost in Alaska, sinking in moss bogs, jumping logs, rooks, and crevasses, drifting along endless fiords, tracing old wanderings and trying to make something like a book of them. Last Friday Mr. Parsons, one of our faithfulles Sierra Club members died suddenly of heart dilation. I've taken a little more cold in this drizzle weather. As soon as these trouble clouds lift a little I'll gladly spend another reviving night with you and go to your blessed, healing, cheering, Wildwood pines. Ever faithfully yours, J.M. (Rough draft of letter to Mrs. Parsons on same sheet of paper)05753

[ca 24 May 1914] (Copied from rough draft of letter marked Y-10Letter to Mr. Herrin on same fragment) Dear Mrs. Parsons: I little thought when last I wrote that theend of your husband's blessed faithful life was so nigh. Mr. Colby's letter alarmed me but I refused to believe that one so full of the strength of the hills was beyond healing. I wish I could help to comfort you in your sore loneliness, though the warmest heart words must at first be unavailing. From this good world he knew so well he has gone to a better world and while his cheery inspiring resence will be sadly missed by every good mountaineer they will all continue to rejoice together in the great, good, enduring work he accomplished. None will miss his inpslring presence more than myself, for especially in Sierra Club work I had come to depend on him with ever-increasing confidence. JOHN MUIR05753


[Martinez, Calif.]

Circa Date

[1914 May 26]


Original letter dimensions: 33 x 25.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 22, Image 0333

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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