Henry K. Abbot


Henry K. Abbot


John Muir


No.23 Berkeley Street, Cambridge, Mass.
December 16 1896

My dear Sir:

I inclose cuttings from last evening's paper, which I am sure you will be interested to have. I was there less than a week ago to see Sargent about some matters connected with our report. When in New York at the meeting of the National Academy in November he injured his ankle badly by stepping in a hole in one of the new parks. The bone was not broken, but the tendon was so strained that his leg was put in plaster when he reached home. This enabled him to go daily to the Arboretum and attend to his work, using crutches, of course. But when I saw him last week he-was in bed, a change, in the plaster cast for one of glass being in progress. This will explain the remark in the paper cutting about his lameness. Fortunately the weather was good on the night of the fire, although today the snow is coming down in a way to do credit to the Sierras and I hope there was no suffering for the family other than the inconvenience which is of course


navoidable. Thus far I have learned nothing but what is in the paper.
I often think with pleasure of our delightful trip last summer. It was lucky for Sargent that his accident occurred in New York rather than at many of the places we visited. He does not expect to be out without crutches until late in the month of January.
I suppose you are now quietly at home, enjoying the delightful climate of the season. As soon as I can get through some writing in hand I shall make a break for Charleston to see my children and grandchildren and enjoy the sun occasionally. Here no one can tell what a day will bring forth at this time of the year.
With kind regards, and all the good wishes of the season,

Yours very truly,

Mr. John Muir, [illegible]

Martinez, Cal.


…Cambridge , Mass

Date Original

1896 Dec 16


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 28 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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