Marion Randall Parsons


John Muir


June 8 14Dear Mr. Muir.Your second letter reached me this morning. I have been considering very earnestly the thoughtful invitation extended by you and Wanda, and wished to come to a decision before answering your letter. It seems to me that it will be wisest in every way for me to go on the outing. I know that there will be much to cause me pain, but dear Mr. Muir, that is true of everything just now. Edward and I were companions in so much and shared so many thoughts and experiences that my trivial thing brings him to mind now. It is comparatively easy to make the "weary lonely pilgrimage" with a brave front. The hard part is to recover the inner sense that the pilgrimage is worth while - is anything but a weary waiting for that Better Land, I am05767

is good for me.In September I plan to keep my house running as before. Frances will stay with me and I expect to have two girls come to live here and share expenses for of course I could not afford to keep the place up alone. I shall be free to come to you then several days a week if you continue to need me.I thank you must earnestly for the comfort and cheer of your letters. I do hope that I may be of some use to you in return for all your kindness. Will you let me know if it is convenient for me to come later this month.Faithfully yoursMarion Randall ParsonsMosswood RoadBerkelyJune 8th 1914hoping that the big beautiful mountains will help me to get back my interest in life and work again. - maybe they can give me a new incentive to go on with my own "book" which Edward and I often talked over together. You know it has always been a great sorrow to us that we had no children, and I remember Edward once said that a "little [illegible]ain child" might be a help and comfort to me some day. I also feel that it will be good for me to get physically tired, for while I am perfectly well I find it impossible to sleep.I have rented the house from the 20th of June till the 15th of August and plan after the Sierra outing to visit my friend Miss [Nettleton?] in the north until about the first of September. By that time I hope I shall have my bearings and be able to steer a steady course again. Between June 20th and July 1st may I come to you - at least for part of the time for I have promised to spend a few days with my mother before I leave. Please have a lot of work ready for me. for work


Berkeley [Calif.]

Date Original

1914 Jun 8


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 25 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 22, Image 0371

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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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