John Muir


Mrs. Goelet


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[Rough draft of letter - marked "Copy letter to Mrs. Goelet, 647 Fifth Ave.-N.Y."]Martinez, California, June 1, 1909.Dear Mrs. Goelet:Many thanks for your kind letter and the photographs recalling delightful days. When-next I cross the continent rest assured I'll look you up and gladly go exploring in Central Park for signs of ancient ice and show you glacial features so wondrous smooth and bright your jokes will all be quenched in praise of polar snow. Yes, truly, in your park there are burnished mirror rocks in which you may see far back into the sculpturing, beauty-making ice mantles Of the past.Glad you like Stickeen. So many are reading his story I may try to write some more good words for-our "poor earth-born companions and fellow mortals" of whom we really know so little. I've been locking-over old note-books and have found lots of sketches of animals With traits wonderfully human, but none so tellingly displayed as those of Stickeen. Still they may have a corroborative value to make it worth while to gather them into a book for young folks.J. M.


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1909 Jun 1


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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Reel 18, Image 0514

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Page 2


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