John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


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2& a few others of no special character by others except a good small one by Yelland. But the national galleries are perfectly overwhelming in grandeur & bulk & [variety?] - & years would be required to make even the most [illegible] curiosity of a criticism The outside view of the buildings is grand & also beautiful. For the best architects have done their best in building them while Fred [Lou?] Olmstead laid out the grounds. Last night the buildings & terraces & fountains along the canals were illuminated by tens of thousands of electric lights arranged along miles of lines of gables [domes?] & cornices with glorious effect. it was all fairyland on a [illegible] scale & would have made the Queen of Sheba & poor Solomon in all their glory feel sick with helpless envy. I wished a hundred times that you & the children & grandma could have seen it all & only the feeling that [illegible] would have been made sick with excitement prevented me from sending for you. I hope Helen is well & then all will be well. I have worked [at?] my article odd times now & then but it still remains to be finished at the Century rooms. Good bye tell the children I’ll write them from New York tomorrow or next day. Love to all goodbye. Ever yours John Muir01668


…Chicago, [Illinois]

Date Original

1893 May 29


Original letter dimensions: 30.5 x 21 cm.

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Reel 07, Image 1002

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