John S. Gray
[letterhead]Nov 21st 1902My Dear Mr. MuirI recently read your article on the Grand Canon [diacritic] of the Colorado and am prompted thereby to write you, expressive of my appreciation of your description of that wonderful scene. I am free to confess that I never read a descriptive article before, that compares with it, not even in Walter Scott's writings which I have always considered unequalled in that line= But yours excells everything- so that I hardly knew which to admire most- the grandeurs of the subject or the masterly way in which it is pictured to the reader. It is certainly a prose poem of the highest order. and I hope you will be long spared to enrich the public with such productions = & that at least you will be able to finish the books you had under consideration when we were with you last spring. This description of the Grand Canon [diacritic] has an added interest to us, in as much as you were working on it when we were there, and we interrupted you a great deal in your work= I wonder how you all are in the Alhambra Valley- Mrs. Muir was in poor health. I trust the summer has been the means of improving it- and that Helen and Wanda were off on a tour with you as they were a year ago and that they, and you, had close contact with nature in her grandest scenes- I noticed your discovery of a hitherto unknown group of Sequoia Gigantica which overtops all previous known specimens- What a wonderful country that is. David I suppose has been fighting the pest of his03105
1902 Nov 21
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
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