Henrietta Thompson


John Muir


[3]Helen told me you had been quite ill and I am so sorry I did not know it. I could at least have written you a letter telling you how dear you are, and that might have helped some. But I am the very worst person that ever lived about putting off writing letters. I don't see why I don't [1]We will be home again before long so when you write, send it to Los Angeles.Ocean Park, Cal.August 4- 1914.Dear Mr. Muir-I thank you very much for the fine box of peaches and while I may seem late in telling you this, we were very late in getting them. You see we are staying here at Ocean Park for a 05810

[2]vacation and about once a week Morris goes home to see if there is any mail, and to water the lawn and garden.The express man brought the peaches over to Griffin Avenue all right, but found no one at home, so left a notice asking us to call for a box of fruit.Several days afterward the notice was found in the door and Morris went as soon as possible to the office in town and brought the peaches down. They were in very good condition and we have enjoyed them very much, as also have a number of other people in the house here who were presented with some of the beauties. It was very kind of you to remember us in such a delightful way.

[6]However it may come about all right later on some time.I do not know if the Hookers are still in Europe. They might have to remain now on account of the war. I have not been out to the garden since our old friend died. Do you hear from Alice Jones?2 [4]do better and I must try to. I hope you are well now, and able to take the trip with Mr. Herron, as you wrote Helen you might. You mustn't work so steadily at your books, but take a little rest once in a while. I wish I could help you some.05810

[5]I had a nice long visit with Helen at the hospital the night before she left for Daggett. The baby is the most perfect little thing you can imagine, and Helen is such a darling girl. She has asked me to visit her at Daggett and perhaps I can some time, although in the summer we are down here, and the rest of the year Caslon wouldn't like to be out of school. Not that he wouldn't like the "being out" all right but would hate to miss his classes and works.

[9]all about it. I love to get your letters and I dont mean to be so slow answering. My heart is all right but my fingers don't seem to get to work writing.With thanks from all of us, and lots of love and all sorts of good wishes for you from,Henrietta Thompson.3 [7]I have learned to swim in the plunge here. I can swim breast stroke, side stroke, over hand, and on my back and can float, and am very happy about having learned to do something I have longed to be able to do for years. I didn't05810

[8]take any regular lessons. A friend last summer helped us a couple of times, and the rest we learned to do by ourselves, each time we went in gaining a little more confidence.I have been feeling quite well for a couple of months now and hope the good work continues. I was very ill myself in January and in bed for about three weeks.What book are you working on now? I understood Helen to say you had another about finished. Write me


Ocean Park, Calif.

Date Original

1914 Aug 4


Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 27 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 22, Image 0517

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters


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