John Muir


[John] Burroughs


image preview


IllegibleMartinez, CaliforniaDec,14,1909Now, dear Burroughs, don’t waste your good nature. I only did as you requested with the Yosemite geology, but you give me no thanks---only the other stuff.If obstinacy ,unyielding an e Yosemite dome, strangely nixed With love of flowers hills and dales, bees and trees, bird song and brook song, is a Scotch characteristic, then you, my dear John, are as Scottish as I am or over likely [Illegible] be. If instead of stubbornly sailing to Hawaiian Moweries and volcanoes you had allowed, me to take you to the head fountains of the Merced and Tuolumne on the high Sierra, you would have got plain lessons in ice action and water action and on the relationship of the great valley to existing end ancient glaciers at its head and on either side of it, and to all the other features of the landscape in general.Little is to be gained on such studies in books and. still less in squabbling controversy. Only long plodding observation in the field yields anything worth while, at least to poor dreamy wanderers as dull as I. Earth sculpture, and the life and beauty that goes with it, is a noble study, and now that you have got Yosemite on the brain, why not come again. I'd be delighted to have you in spite of your rank Scotch Catskill stubbornness ,and you might perhaps learn to endure or ignore my glacial behavior and airs.Anyhow, I am with all good wishes for the new year, faithfully your friend,John Muir.I’m sad about Gilder. what a loss we have sustained and all the country. New York seems lonesome to me now he has gone.J.M. Illegible04650


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1909 Dec 14


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 18, Image 0951

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

Owning Institution

University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date


Page Number

Page 1


John Muir, correspondence, letters, author, writing, naturalist, California, correspondent, mail, message, post, exchange of letters, missive, notes, epistle