P. B. Van Trump


John Muir


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[2] 01334By the paper I shall mail along with this you will see that I took the liberty of letting the Tacoma Ledger publish your interesting letter, or a part of it. The compositor has made an error or [illegible] and the Editor has taken, unauthorized, the liberty of substituting Mt. Tacoma for Mt. Rainier. You will have to be patient and [enduring?] with him. He has served me the same way in previous publications. It would be a moral impossibility for a bona fide Tacomaite to let the name Rainier pass through his lips or drop from his pen. The corporate limits of the Hub of the Universe are suffused, of course, to enclose the environs of that giant3mountain. The gallant and distinguished Vancouver was obtusely blind to the great future (of the terminus) where, in honor of his illustrious English friend, he applied that culpable name to the “noblest Roman” of all our [illegible]. The Tacomaites call the mountain Tacima, thier [terminus?] Tacoma, thier bay Tacoma, and now with the veriest greed of selfish nomenclature they are clamoring to have the [illegible] of Congress admit the Territory under the name of Tacoma. I verily believe that when good Tacomaites die and go to heaven if they don’t find the most beatified portion of Paradise called Tacoma, or at least its principal golden thoroughfare, they will despondently hang their heads, turn


Yelm, W[ashington] T[erritory]

Date Original

1889 Jan 23


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14 cm.

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