John Muir


John Muir


[Annie] Wanda [Muir]




New York, June 7, 1893

My dear Wanda, I think I wrote to Helen last & so now it must be your turn. I’m disappointed not getting any letters here except the ones sent to Portage & forwarded, & one I think from mama. Tell mama she need not be afraid of letters addressed [c/o?] of the Century, for if I’m in Europe when they get here Mr Johnson will forward them. It has been very hot here & I felt all the time as if somebody has rubbed the inside of my underclothes with very sticky molasses. The papers said that the day before yesterday was the hottest 5th of June



ever known in New York. Yesterday was also very horribly hot, but I did not feel it much for Mr Johnson took me up the Hudson river to one of the beautifully residences. Mr Osborne’s in the Hudson Highlands, where we dined & drunk cool water & champagne & drove about the leafy woods & gathered purple lady slippers & trailing arbutus & sailed on the charming river. Mr Johnson has kept me wining & dining & seeing people at the clubs so I have not been able to write much. This afternoon he is going to take me to Boston & Cambridge to see Sargent & the University people to talk about the forests, this trip will take two days.



Tell mama that the Century people are going to print my first book instead of the Appletons, & promise to make a better portrait of me as they themselves say that the the one in the magazine was not good, not half handsome enough. Mr Keith has been in a fussy hurry ever since we started & left for Glasgow nearly a week ago & I fear I will not see much of him I think I will not get away from here for a week or more yet. But I feel well, & will take so many



letters to people in Europe that I may not miss Keith so much. Everybody I meet here tries to make me feel at home & seems determined to keep me talking about the mountains & woods & glaciers I have seen & loved & studied so long. I think I am getting a little fatter eating so much new stuff the names of which I dont know. Tell mama that I heard somebody say yesterday that strawberries are bad for rheumatism. I hope you are all well & that you take good care of little darling Helen. I showed Mrs Osborne your pictures yesterday, the lady who entertained us in the Highlands at “Castle Crag” & she said you both looked like poets. Love to all John Muir

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New York

Date Original

1893 Jun 7


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 1040

Collection Identifier

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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