John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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At Sellers, 3420 Michigan Ave.Chicago, May 29. 1893. 9 A.M.Dear Louie. I leave for New York this evening at 5 o clock, & arrive there tomorrow evening at 7. Where I expect to find letters from you [c/o?] of Johnson at the Century Editorial rooms. The Sellers beautiful home has been made heartily my own, & they have left nothing undone they could think of that would in any way add to my enjoyment. Under their [guidance?] I have been at the fair every day, & have seen the best of it though months would be required to see it all. You know I called it a cosmopolitan rats nest containing much rubbish & common place stuff as well as things novel & precious. Well, now that I have seen it, it seems just such a rats nest still, & what do you think was one of the first things I saw when I entered the nearest of the – huge buildings. – A huge rats nest in a glass case about 8 feet square, with stuffed wood rates looking out from the mass of sticks & leaves etc natural as life. so you see as usual I am [always?] right I most enjoyed the art galleries There are about eighteen acres of paintings by every nation under the sun. & I wandered & gazed until I was ready to fall down with utter exhaustion. The art gallery of the California building is quite small & of little [significance?] not more than a dozen or two of paintings all told – 4 by Keith, not his best, & 4 by Hill not his best.01668


…Chicago, [Illinois]

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1893 May 29


Original letter dimensions: 30.5 x 21 cm.

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