Clara Barrus


John Muir


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there ,and he introduced me to the publishers,and gave my Ms. an auspicious beginning.I hope it will find favor in their sight,and that they will bring it out this fall. I have called it,"Our Friend,John Burroughs"; it is just an unpretentious little affair,giving intimate glimpses of him,a preliminary study to the more serious work I hope to do later. The thing which ought to make the book a success is J.B's own contribution to it-some autobiographical sketches which he wrote to me several years ago,in a series of letters .I decided to use these now,instead of waiting and using them in the Biography. I hope you will see it some day.I have a chapter in it, "Camping with Burroughs and Muir", which has never been published in the magazines,although I took bits from the Century article,and incorporated in it.Mr.Burroughs took me to see many literary persons,the most memorable edperience was an afternoon at Trowbridge's home;he is hale and mentally alert,and, as you doubtless know, a winning personality. He spoke of his enjoyment of your Boyhood book.I must not take more of your time.I wish you could put on some magic boots and step across to the Catskills this summer.I hope to be up there some weeks,and help'Mr.Burroughs with the proof of his new book which will come out this fall.Give my cordial regards to Helen-I suppose her babies occupy a good deal of her time.I wish you could hear the tanagers and the orioles and wood thrushes as they are singing here this morning,but wherever you are you are doubtless steeped in beauty,and then you are always encompassed with the memory of all the beauty you have experienced along the way.Don't forget that way off here is one whose happiest and most beautiful experiences are inseparably linked with you and the other dear friends amid those glories and wonders ,making of it all a joy forever.Affectionately yours,[illegible]


Pelham, N. Y.

Date Original

1913 May 25


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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Reel 21, Image 0451

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