Dorothea [Draper et al.]


John Muir


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[1]ArdenOrange CountyNew YorkOctober 28t 1899Dear Mr. MuirThe reason that the G.Q. have not answered your letter was that we hesitated to attempt to cope with your overflowing poetical genious, and felt that we [would?] all wait until we assembled and put our wits together to reply.A handwriting02637[2][sharp?] would revel in the incongruity of the styles but we hardly dare to hope that such a well-rounded, published and glaciated poet will take the same delight, now you are in for it, & will have to read with patience this lenghty document.Your "deadly enemy", John Bourroughs, has been here, and has won us all over to his side, so you will surely have to come east post haste, to counteract02637[3]his bad influence. He did give me a beautiful start on one line of nature, and which I am surely going to follow up, especially after your advice.You certainly converted us all in that respect but Dr. Converse seems to have run in the wrong directon & wonder why? Perhaps because the glacier chill had seized you he thought!Beth is so witty that it quite overpowers a plain ordi-02637


Arden, New York

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Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.

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