John Muir


[Fay H.] Sellers


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[2]in a week. I have not yet seen it & dont know whether it has any portrait in it or not never having said a word on the subject to the publishers. However I have a half dozen more vols to write & this photograph may yet be engraved.This is a popular book & easily read, though a good deal of science lurks in it unseen covered with brush & words. One of the chapters was scientific but by advice of the publishers I took it out, for use in another volume.I have been at the ranch all summer, reading proof, [bossing?] Chinese etc. so comparatively[3]2this has been a barren year not a single glacier in it or piece of wild woods or garden though I have seen the wilderness at times in dreams & have heard the hum of bees in the bryanthus beds on top of the Alaska mountains.The winds in the woods & the boom & crack & roar of avalanches & icebergs on the slopes of the peaks & at the heads of the icy fiords, notwithstanding this summer has been Saharaly hot I have been hibernating--living on the fat of better times like a bear in its denI had a pleasant letter a week or two ago from your friend Rusk of Pasadena in which our charming evenings at your home last summer were lovingly rememberedI often see Keith--& he always


Martinez [Calif.]

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