S. Hall Young


John Muir


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014142ever seen. The engravings are beyond criticsm & only surpassed by the descriptions. I shall await the other numbers with impatience. I did not get to San Francisco at all after leaving Alaska. I bid farewell to my "beautiful fruitful wilderness" in July '88, stopped a few weeks in Or. & then went direct to Los Angeles, & soon settled at Long Beach, where I preached until the first of last month. I have come to Pa. to remain. I shall soon be settled, I hope, over a good congregation, where I shall have a good field of usefulness, & where I shall receive a salary sufficient for my wants & those of my family. I hope at last to have a home, which is a luxury I have never yet enjoyed. My dear wife & my two girls, Abbie - 10 1/2, & Alaska, 9, are still at Long Beach. I don't want them to travel in the hot season, 3& I want to have a place all ready for them when they do come. I keep quite busy, lecturing, preaching & writing. I have at last commenced my book on Alaska. It will be a narrative of personal experiences & impressions. My life was so full of adventure there that it ought not to lack variety. The descriptions of scenery will give me most pleasure in writing, & the long poems you & I read together on the sublime pages of that country will occupy a principal place. The adventure I tell oftenest, & with most effect in lectures & sermons is your rescue of my helpless self from that frightful predicament in the mountain. And believe me, my wonder at your strength & gentle skill, and my gratitude, grow with the years. I shall publish some of the chapters of my book in the


Butler, Butler Co., Pa.

Date Original

1890 Apr 17


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14 cm.

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Reel 06, Image 0425

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