John Muir


Theodore H. Hittell


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2He speaks of shooting an Old Mountain sheep which weiht 75 lbs. an old ram. I dont believe a specimen could be found less than twice this [weight?]. Nor do I believe he found any wild sheep near the "Mariposa River." Nor any such huge caves & dens of bears & wolves as he describes. There is so much of this obscurity & so many errors the book has an unreal air When with so much genuine & wonderful adventure it should be the most interesting wild book of its time. The style in part I dont like - weak & inflated, "when taken from the cage my condition was one of entire insensibility". His goods were "all consumed in a great conflagration" etc etc. But the [illegible] is the deadliest fault. How much of this you will be able to clear away I dont know. As to the Eastern publishers bring out the book you can find out only by submitting it to them. Ill return it to Payot Upham & Cos [store?].With best wishes & congratulations[in margin: [on?] Mrs Hittells [illegible] from [illegible] I am truly Yours John Muir]


Martinez [Calif.]

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