Henry Fairfield Osborn


John Muir


Castle Rock,Garrisons on Hudson, [New York]August 16th, 1914. Sunday.My dear friend Muir:At last we have heard of you again through your letter to Mrs. Harriman, which she kindly mailed to Mrs. Osborn. Three portraits of John Muir are constantly in our library, but your memory is so fresh that it seems only yesterday that you were with us, and pouring out your full and joyful philosophy of the universe, and of your loving friends the trees.You write the enemy has not left you yet. Now this will not do at all. You should take the Santa Fe and get out and up in that dry lofty air and let the seven devils depart. You know there was a kind which only came out with fasting and prayer - probably a disordered stomach from over-eating. But your enemy the grip germ hates the dry desert air, and will leave like the seven devils which ran into the herd of swine. Do try a change of air. We cannot bear to feel you are working away in that house alone day after day, and not feeling like yourself, when you might be breathing the ozone of Castle Rock. The place is changed. We have followed your advice and ? over all the road in front. Then a fountain is rising at the end of the bridge with an Indian head spouting crystal water.Fairfield Jr. has lost his heart to a lovely English girl and has gone to France to rescue her from the war lords and bring her home as his wife. Perry is doing finely - a rising light in the law. Josephine is up in Canada, Virginia in Scotland. Loulu and I are quietly here. I have enclosed the porch of Woodsome Lodge, and have two secretaries there taking down my thoughts on "Men of the Old Stone Age." Very wonderful they were - in the flint age. We all miss our very very dear friend. .So do come if you can, and if you cannot, write to us.Yours ever,Henry Fairfield Osborn05815


Garrisons on Hudson, N. Y.

Date Original

1914 Aug 16


Original letter dimensions: 17 x 29.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 22, Image 0575

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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