John Muir


John Muir


Helen [Muir]


Hotel Metropole,
London, W.C., England,
Aug. 8, 1893.

My little darling Helen:

How good it is of Tanda and Mama and Maggie and David to tell me so much about you being well and strong. I keep looking at your picture and Wanda's and show to people that I think will say that you are sweet-looking and beautiful.
I saw a lot of funny looking, good-natured babies in Norway, and they always made me think of you. I bought some things for you in Norway and left them with David Douglas to keep until I come back from Switzerland.
I saw many grand mountains in Norway and waterfalls were pouring down and singing over the rocks almost everywhere, and I often thought how glad Holen and Wanda and Mama would be to see them and the beautiful purple heather, and so you must some day when you grow a little bigger.
Here are two bits of bonnie bloom from Windermere, and I'll send you and Wanda some more from the mountains of Switzerland. Now I'm throwing kisses to you across the sea and that I may soon get them to you, my darling, without throwing is the fond hope of your loving papa,

John Muir

[Envelope addressed Helen Muir, care Mrs. John Muir, Martinez, California, U.S.A. - contains bit of heather bloom and leaves]



London, [England]

Date Original

1893 Aug 8


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 11.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 1254

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