seeing you once more "The very John Muir of long ago," came back to bless us". I remember her when a little girl looking out into the west and wondering whether you would ever come back to us again. Is n't this a sorrowful world though, with its long, long separations?
We wanted to hear
946 N. Penn. St.
July 234d. 1896.
My Dear Mr. Muir.
Thank you for thinking of us in the way. and for bidding us goodbye again in that sweet fashion. We wanted to hear from you but feared you were too tired to write.
Wasn't it good to see you though? It was like an angel's visit
in its awareness and all that. I am going to say all the nice things there are for fear I may never have another opportunity. I mainly wish we could have held you longer. so that you might have had a restful all around visit. for we all wanted you. Compliants have come in from
Aunt Kate & Aunt Nina & Cousin Bettie Davis "We wanted him ourselves: it was too bad. You see how pleasant it to be great enough to be quarreled over. You must not let so many years go by again without a long visit. We cannot have it.
Nothing has given me sweeter pleasure for years & years. Than
about your latest book, the book you are now writing. and about your going to Alaska and we did not tell you how much we all enjoyed and admired the "Mountains of California."
If we had only had more time.
By the way, what did you & the Forestry Commission do, save the country?
Aunt Nina was pleased to receive your message & the pretty flowers. Eriogonum was it? and I the sweet wild rose. Thank you. What is it that you are going to find for me? I love to be remembered so. Give our love to Mrs. Muir, to Wanda & Helen. and "Take care of yourself" for we all
have a share in you. Mrs. Morris adds. Tell him never to come back again without coming first to our house.
Ever your friend.
1896 Jul 23
Original letter dimensions: 16 x 20.5 cm.
Moores, Janet, "Letter from Janet [Moores] to John Muir, 1896 Jul 23." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 812.
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