John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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1[letterhead]July 4th 1889Dear LouieI'm pegging away & have [invented?] a few good lines since coming here but it is a hard subject & goes slow. However I'll get it done somehow & sometime. It was cold here last evening & I had to put on everything in my satchel at once. Saw Mrs. [Porteous?] in the Viennese Restaurant. She sends her love & wishes to be remembered & is very anxious for a visit from you & the children. Last evening an innocent looking Examiner reporter sent up his card & I really [illegible]013522[letterhead]told the boy to let him come up. He began to speak of the Muir glacier but quickly changed the subject to horned toads snakes & gila monsters. I asked him what made him change the subject so badly & what there was about the Muir Glacier to suggest such reprobate reptiles! He said snakes were his specialty & wanted to know if I had seen many etc. I talked carelessly for a few minutes & judge of my surprise in seeing this villanous article - "John Muir says they kill hogs and cat rabbits but dont eat hogs becuase too big etc" What poetry!01352


Grand Hotel, San Francisco, Cal

Date Original

1889 Jul 4


Original letter dimensions: 24 x 15 cm.

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Reel 06, Image 0117

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