Mary Harriman


Mary Harriman


John Muir


[2]Shasta & those splendid wooded nights where Mr [Herrin?] disp[illegible]s hospitality so generously - of course the young people Mary included are both to move their faces away from Island Park but I am a little anxious to get nearer the Centre of affairs & to be at[1]P.O. ISLAND PARK, IDAHOTEL. ASHTON, IDAHOSept 4thISLAND PARK RANCHDear Mr MuirBefore setting forth this afternoon on our homeward way I would have another chat with you - I was glad to hear from you last letter that you had been having some of the fine air of05839

[3]home to welcome Carol - Her last cable - (her cables have been few & far between rounding with South or North around the sea[t?] of war to reach us) states she would sail from H[illegible]land on Sept 5th so I am hoping nothing unto[illegible] has happened to change this plan - I am feeling strongly that this world is not the pleasant place to sojourn in, that it was, even should America be prospered by this war - I pray we may keep our heads clear & our hearts pure & not add to the [illegible]e confusion of nations - Do write me as often as you feel like doing & remember we will always be looking for you in the East - With love & best wishessincerely Mary W. Harriman

[5]Avenell is at home looking after our affairs & launched into business as one of the Vice Pres. of the Union Pacific R. R. Co with special duties that keep him very busy & are giving him much experience Did you happen to [hear?] that Cornelia (Mrs G[illegible]) had twin boys born in April, one is named "Edward" the other "Henry," - Cornelia[4][letterhead]Carol no doubt with the [spirit?] of youth revels in being at the heart of affairs - she has a fine [Englishwoman?] as chaperone & a friend [illegible] (the grand daughter of J. P. Morgan) so I am not worrying about her but hope soon to hear again from her.05839

[6]is quite overcome at having 4 sons altho' she looks very young & fresh herself still - Mary's boy & girl are thriving also so six grand children are enlarging our family circle perceptibly - I saw our good friends the Osborns just before I left home - They had planned a mid summer trip abroad but fortunately a book the Professor was writing kept him at home. Have you seen [Dr Merriam?]? He must be at his summer home in the Ke[illegible]woods & I hope has completed his [bear?] book - I fear your Alaska book is a [illegible]table "ball & chain" about you keeping you at your desk too exactingly - Do remember there is always a warm welcome for you here & we will take good care of you & send you home refreshed


Ashton, Idaho

Circa Date

[1914] Sep 4


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 22, Image 0617

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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