W[illiam] M. Canby


John Muir


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[2]less shocking to affectionate natures and to those who are in near relationship.I have been, since my return, so very busy--indeed hard-worked--that I have not written, as I had intended, to thank you for the past pleasure and profit you gave me during our journey together. When I consider what a plague I was to you and how often and unmercifully--yes and unwarrantably--I let my sense of fun get the better of my discretion in teasing you I wonder at your forbearance. I do assure you that I constantly acknowledge to myself all I[3]owe to you of pleasure and knowledge and constantly feel that one of the best journeys of my life was made what it was by you. But for you I should scarce think of Alaska with a sense of proper knowledge or of the great delight in it which I now have. And so if you will let me I will ask you to think of me as being very grateful to you.I consider it the greatest thing I ever experienced in that I have seen God's hand carving out a country with his icy chisel. The more I think of it the more reverential I become.


Wilmington, Del.

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Original letter dimensions: 23 x 28 cm.

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Reel 09, Image 1118

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