Mary M[erill] Graydon


John Muir


[Marked "Indianapolis letters"]
Indianapolis.Sep. 25th. '94.

My dear Mr. Muir:

I address you with the certainty that yon are alive only because I have seen no obituary notice of you! Kate sent in your letter to her, written after your return from Europe, and a note too, you wrote her, asking her up to the Ranch. That is all I have known of you in months. In vain I've looked through the Century for an article, in vain I've searched the book reviews for a notice of your book. Yes, I heard of you last eve -- a young man from the bookstore was here. He'd been East getting books and called on Mr. [Johnson] (Johnston) of the Century, who spoke as if he had something from you for the Magazine. I think the Century has run down - it is an old friend,- I wish you could write again for it. Well, how are you all? And when are you coming again? May we not expect you toward Spring? Your visit was a treat to me and my children, and I thank yon over and over again for your handsome conduct that night of my company! Kate just laughed and laughed, because I supposed you were always so lovely and accommodating!! Well, no one living enjoys your talk more than we do.
Kate is now at 2530 College Ave., Berkeley. Her work at Oakland is heavy, and she studies too hard. I am concerned about her, but Mr. McChesney is kind. I wish she would go up to your Ranch for a few days.
How are the children. Can you not bring them when you come? Your friends. Miss Eliza [Hendricks] and my sisters [Julia Merrill Moores and Catherine Merrill] are ever so feeble. Janet is better and worse. At present she is better. She is still in Philadelphia. Julia is going on to see her soon. When you are in Oakland go see Kate, and come soon and see us.
Yours truly,
Mary M[errill] Graydon


Indianapolis [Indiana]

Date Original



Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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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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