Peter L. Trout
Alaska Hotel Seattle Monday 30 '97To Prof John Muir.My dear sirI have just received a letter from my brother William in Milwaukee to whom I sent a copy of this paper of which the enclosed is a clipping. He seemed much interested and recommended me to send this clipping to you as you would also like to see it. Accordingly I enclose it. He also gave me the following assurance that you are just the same John Muir that I had knokwn thirty years ago notwithstanding the magnificant success that you have made of life; and that you have not forgotten, nor do not wish to forget your old friends. I am certain that I have never wished to forget you. I only feel proud to be able to say that I ever knew you. If I had followed my own inclination I would certainly have been a student 022292of nature like yourself; and I have just about egotism enough to believe that if I had worked as patiently and industriously as you have done in studying nature I might have been pretty near your equal in some respects by this time. I had thought that I could endure about as much privation, starvation, and hardship as any living man; but if the account I saw in the Century some years ago is not exaggerated, I am certainly not in it with you. Is it really true that you spent ten years in the mountains without seeing any human beings except a band of Mono indians. Such an ordeal, I firmly believe, would make a raving lunatic of me. I remember one time when I had to spend a week all alone in the mountains under a tree on account of the snow and rain and before that time was up I got to02229
Alaska Hotel, Seattle, Wash.
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