home life once more.
It is a long time since I have received a letter from you. Could you not find time and inclination to answer this letter? I should be most happy to hear from you. We hear of you occasionally through Kate Grayden's letters, but not so fully as would be pleasant.
Very sincerely your friend,
Eliza S. Hendricks.
I hope Mrs. Muir and your bright little girls are well. My mother, and other members of the family wish to be most cordially remembered to you. E. S. H.
611 North Meridian St.
Indianapolis February 11 '95
Dear Mr. Muir:
My second trip to the Sierra with you has been most pleasant. Any rambles in your company in 1895 have been a delightful reminiscence, and now the second trip, by means of your "Mountains of California" has been a great pleasure. I particularly enjoyed the chapters upon the haunts and habits of the water ouzel and "Wind Storms
in the Forests." Do you remember my sister-in law's mother the old lady whom you met when you were here two years ago? You would enjoy seeing her enjoyment of your book. "Why it is a poem" she exclaims as she reads. "The Mountains of California" is not the kind of book I was looking for however. I thought when you were here, that you were preparing a scientific work--something beyond my capacity. Did you not then intend to write upon the glacial
system of California or something of that kind? I remember I told you that if you had treasured up scientific knowledge which no one else possessed, you ought to stop "climbing" and put your knowledge in print for the benefit of the world. Is such a book to follow the one we have? I see your Merrill friends occasionally--not so often as I wish however. Janet Moore has been at home some months, and is sufficiently restored in both bodily and mental strength to enjoy her
Original letter dimensions: 20 x 24.4 cm.
Hendricks, Eliza S., "Letter from Eliza Hendricks to John Muir, 1895 Feb 11." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6994.
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