Martinez, California,May 17th 1894My dear Cousin.I was glad to get your kind letter of 27 April & to know you enjoyed reading Picturesque California. I would have sent you a better edition on heavier paper had I known how to get it through the mail.As to putting more of myself into these sketches I never had the heart to spoil their symmetry with mire personal trials and adventures It looks too much like having to say "Here is the Lord and here is me" Still I know very well that narrative adventures etc are most read, & possibly sometime I may try my hand at something of the kind.In the meantime my first book is now going through the press & will be published in the fall In it you will find the squirrel story & a good many other sketches you may like.I always look back with lively pleasure to my visit with you & all the grand Group at [Birkenhed?] Give my love to all & believe me ever faithfully yoursJohn Muir01813
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.
Reel 08, Image 0261