John Muir


[John Muir]


David [Gilrye Muir]



& cheer up Louie & grandma by teasing them & talking sheer blank nonsense & humbug. They must miss me sadly in this line of good doing & the house must be most devoutly dull duller than human nature or women nature can bear & dont forget to cheer up yourself & allow California & Providence to brighten your life - Love to Ette

Your lonely but loving brother John



LONDON, August 8th 1893

Dear brother Dave

I was glad to get your letter today for in this huge wilderness of a town I was desperately lonely. I can find some good friends here by hunting long enough but I can not resist the temptation to flee to the mountains & glaciers & wild gardens of Switzerland. Then


if I have the time & enterprize when I get back I'll look for Sir Joseph Hooker James Bryce M.P. who drafted the famous Home Rule Bill & a few others of less note. But all my tastes & studies lie elsewhere. I had a glorious & instructive trip to Norway & by the way made many friends by [my?] -- I dont know what


Dont work too hard Dave but keep wide awake & see whether you cant make as keen & smart a farmer as me. I see nothing to prevent your making a grand success of this California fruit business, but dont make the mistake of trying to kill yourself with hard work. Go over to the other house very other day at least



London, [England]

Date Original

1893 Aug 8


Original letter dimensions: 18 x 23 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 1250

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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