V. Elizabeth Merriam


Louie Strentzel Muir


October 25th, 1901 Washington D.C. My dear Mrs Muir, We got home a week ago tomorrow. I have been having the house cleaned and also been chasing around after servants. Mr. Muir may think that foolish but I don’t object. Tell him this climate is very hospitable – we have had a clean October sunshine every minute the past week. The children are starting with school and are happy. Dorothy begins music Monday. In another week we will be settled for the winter, when we will all fall into one old habit again. I cannot [express] to you the pleasure it was to me to meet you and your family. And I enjoyed every moment of the time at your house. It was [an] [undertaking] I know to take in so many of us – yet you made each of us glad that we were with you. Tell Mr. Muir that I cannot spare that station to him this year – I need it for packing purposes. Besides the trunk really didn’t look large at all beside other trunks. Ask Wanda if she still has that dwarfed [feeling] she had on Mt Tamalpais with Miss. ? from Boston. Children send love to Helen specially and to every one. They are lamenting that they had not the capacity to take in more grapes while they had the chance. We all did have such a nice time in Calif. I hope sometime you will let us have the pleasure of having you with us. Washington is glorious both fall and spring- and endurable in the winter even. Tell Mrs. Halloway that I found a scent of her sweet thoughtfulness in my [trunk] also. The lavender she picked me. Love to all V. Elizabeth Merriam


Washington D.C

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Resource Identifier

1901 Oct 25 V Elizabeth Merriam to Mrs Muir

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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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