Ludlow & Abby H. Patton


John Muir


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[4]you remember Emerson did not say a word about meeting you in [illegible] or any other place. He paid you his highest compliment when he said “ I shall meet you in Boston”, and so I hope before he goes on the long journey from [where?] no traveler returns” you will come and tell him what the Alaska Indians think of “Boston” men. Mr Palton who is busying himself with [illegible] [illegible] matters and trying to tell people something about the inexhaustible mines of Leadville [illegible] unites with me in warm regards to you. We learn that our old steamer California nearly foundered in a gale not long ago – but are glad that the stiff upper lip of Capt Thorne helped to “steady” the ship and weather the gale, so that the [illegible] [illegible] his peculiar [sniff?] of joy when the ship [illegible] again. Hoping that you will write again or come to New York. We are your friends truly [illegible] and Abby H. Patton. [in margin: you gave us the [illegible] to Paton. We belong to the [illegible] Patton] [in margin: 74][1]Hotel BrantingMadison Avenue N.Y.March 9, 1880.Friend MuirWhen I opened your letter dated San Francisco Feb 9 I said “Cast your [bread?] upon the waters and it shall return to you after many days”. I remembered how you had been cast upon the great Alaskan waters and that at last you had ventured to tell the world your wondrous story. We never can get through talking about our visit to Alaska, and all I can say to my friends is “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord”. When we add that it was our blessed privilege to have had John Muir with us, you can guess how eyes brighten, and ears quicken


Hotel Branting… N[ew] Y[ork]

Date Original

1880 Mar 9


Original letter dimensions: 15 x 26 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0057

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