Geo[rge] Hansen


John Muir


image preview


Jackson, Oct., 23d. /96.My dear Sir,In spite of the upset state of our home, I can not refrain from sending you those few words my heart dictates. I have received your letter, your remittance, and your book. I am fully appreciative of your kindness, and I promise that as soon as we again live in a home, I will go to work and pick out what you order from collection."Meanwhile do not feel hurt if I can not steal the time to entirely peruse your book. Do not mind me making such confession, but I think, it an honor to be so remembered by you. I read from your letter that you offer it as a sign of appreciation on your part of what I intend. Inded, the denomination you and I belong to, the worship of Nature, it embraces high and low, near and distant, and best of all, they who there worship, they are a set of honest devotees. Permit me therefore, to kneel beside you, and accept [illegible] the faith of a foundling. I have read the two chapters of your book : 'A near view of the high Sierra, and" In the Sierra Foot-Hills. - I regret ever so much that I leave here ere my last trip of exploration, in the region of 6000 to 9000[illegible], could not be carried out. I was there twice, upon hasty visits, yet a return is neceassary to refreshen and correct many impressions received. Yet, time may bring many a change, and I must confess to an ardent desire, of becoming thoroughly familiar with the needs and restoration of our forests. I will not again fall into ways of making my pin-money from chicken and milk business. I must have outlived that, and if honesty, and sincerety of purpose counts for aught, I should succeed. Is it not grandly true that for the last 8 years our policitical life in California has gone through a process of clearance? I depend upon my observation from far off, and I am determined to abandonsmy secluded state of living and either stay [illegible] or drift from hence. As I


Jackson [Calif.]

Date Original



Original letter dimensions: 15 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 09, Image 0454

Copyright Statement

Some letters written to John Muir may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Owning Institution

University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Page Number

Page 1


John Muir, correspondence, letters, author, writing, naturalist, California, correspondent, mail, message, post, exchange of letters, missive, notes, epistle