Cosie [Hutchings Mills]


John Muir


Waitsfieid, Vermont,Sept. 5, 1914.Dear Mr. Muir:For the little volume and the message, I thank you. I do surely prize them both. The "lang syne Yosemite days" hold a cobwebless corner in my heart which nothing else can ever occupy. They seem, with their bits of meadow, wealth of flowers, lovely out-of-the-way nooks, the clear creek, the roar of the falls, the evening light on the Domes, like bits of Fairyland. Sometimes I get so heart-hungry for a sight of it, and the mountains beyond, I think I cannot stand it, and yet I'd be half afraid to go back to the Valley, there have been so many despoiling changes. The high mountains they can make but little impression upon.It is seven years since my husband, our boys, and myself came to Vermont. We saw the advertisement of this farm in a paper, and expecting to make a change to where we might have better school advantages, and a better climate than the Puget Sound country, we came this way, were pleased, and stayed. It is a corner in the hills, upon a bench overlooking the Mad River Valley,--Bald Mountain right back of us, and Camels Hump across. The woods are full of interests and delights. Our two youngest boys - David (12) and Hiram (9) are as fond of them as I, and have a fuller acquaintanceship with their secrete.Since a year ago last May, my mother has made her home with us. She is frail but is always about, and even stood the severity of last winter without any ill effects. My brother, Will, who had lived with us through the five years of our stay in the Suoqualime Valley, died there in January of the last winter. Though never very strong he had not been ill, and the end came very suddenly, and wholly unexpectedly to us--with some heart malady the cause.I have thoroughly enjoyed "The Story of My Boyhood and Youth", and am wondering if the "great Scotch discovery" is responsible for the intrepidity, and endurance that has come from there.With happy recollections and with warmest regards accompanying my thanks to you for "Stickeen" and its inscription, I am, just as much as ever, in spite of gray hairs,Cosie (Hutchings Mills)05841


Waitsfield, Vermont

Date Original

1914 Sep 5


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File Identifier

Reel 22, Image 0625

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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