N. D. Stebbins


John Muir


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[2]congratulated you on your “second sober though” & found one in whom you could love fervently and at the same time know that it was fully appreciated. Nothing like lovely intelligence – don’t you think so? May it last till ripe old age & your ‘[illegible]’ be full of [illegible[ [illegible] and what a blessing! I want to say I have been interested in [reading?] your letters from Alaska published in the Bulletin especially your account of the glaciers & the trip with the great clergy & criticism on their [illegible] [illegible] I have seen some of your articles in previous magazines but I have not seen your book [on Mountain?] St[illegible] – glacier [illegible] [illegible] [illegible]. When will that make its appearance? Your letter to me was put into my hands by a friend at common[3] 00927school & S. School [illegible]. He brought it to me from the [illegible] There was present Mrs. Otis. A. [illegible] Otis. Her husband was formerly publisher at the S.B. [illegible]. He is now engaged for a Seal Co.(?) in Alask. It may be you have seen him as he was in Alaska last summer. I let Mrs Otis look over your letter. She was pleased with it and remarked she would like to write to you – but felt a little de[illegible] about it. She has a fine cultivated mind. A poet. writes for Eastern journals - & some in Cala a lovely character. In many respects like our friend Mrs Carr. I told her after tomorrow she might address you as soon as she pleased, for to night I would write to you & introduce her to you as my friend. I am living some three miles from the Post office in


Santa Barbara, Cala.

Date Original

1880 June 21


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0219

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