Eliza S. Hendricks


John Muir



611 N. Meridian St.

April 23, 1894

[in margin: Y. [A.?] Hendricks
Chico, Cal.]

My Dear Mr. Muir:

Yours of April 15 came me yesterday, and I hasten to give you my brother Thomas' address. It is Chico, Cal. It pleases me that you asked for it, for I hope you are either going to write to him, or what better, make them a visit. They are all great admirers of yours and would


be delighted to see you. Dixie, the only daughter is a fine interesting girl. She came to the Fair two years ago, and visited her Hoosier kindred. Terry, the only boy is, according to account a fine manly fellow. I have not seen him since he was a baby. I want them both to know you.
It was kind of you to write so promptly. My fears are at rest. I hoped they were entirely groundless; but joking is rather hazardous, because it is liable to be misunderstood I am not afraid of you when I am talking, but writing is different. We do not always succeed in giving our exact meaning. Never be you afraid of me. I have always understood every little joke you have given me either verbal or written. Do not think I was influenced by Sidney Smith's dictum regarding the difficulty encountered in getting a joke into a Scotchman's brain. I wish you had told me when your Alaskan book is to be launched.

Every your friend S. Hendricks.


Chico, Calif

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



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