Mrs. Sharah D. Hobert
Fall River, Col. Co., Wisconsin,Dec. 19th, 1882.Prof. John Muir,Through my friend Superintendent Henry Neill I learned that you were from our county. I have followed your literary course with much interest and have collected considerable literary matter regarding yourself and work which I should like to use,if you do not object,in an article for some of the eastern periodicals to which I am a contributor.I desire to write a series of articles on western literature. The first of the series entitled "A Western Capital" (Madison) was published in the Christian Register of Boston last summer.The sketch included an extended notice of Prof. Anderson and his horse Mythology, and a briefer of Prof. Bascom.I should like to make the sketch of yourself a magazine article, and would like to know more of your work than I have gleaned from the papers.Have your scientific and literary papers been published in book form? I have your contribution to Harpers, but I should like to be able to write definitely of your work as a whole. Any personal information which you can supply I shall receive gladly, and if you wish will submit the article to you for criticism before I send it for publication.Allow me to say that we "Badgers" are very proud of you and are not willing to give you up to the Far West.We want your work included in the literature of the Mississippi valley.The pleasure I experienced in the perusal of Hugh Miller's "Schools and Schoolmasters" and Tyndall's Alpine Sketches has been intensified and repeated in your sketches of the mountain scenery of California, and I am not a scientist but a lover of science,and congratulate you heartily on your splendid success as author and scientist. May I hope for a speedy reply?Sincerely yours,Mrs. Sarah D. Hobart
Fall River, Col. Co., Wisconsin
1882 Dec 19
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