G. W. Esterly


John Muir


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John Muir #2.each and all of said attachments certainly worked to perfection! We were all then as since very sanguine that you surely would become famous; but, we all then thought it would however be in Mechanical lines instead.I have now forgotten the name of that young Proffessor who became enamored over your said Combination of very useful mechanical attmt' E the performances of which were almost human in their motions and accuracy, that he in his over enthusiasm in his anxiety to personally demonstrate your proposition immediately laid himself down on that most wonderful bed, but, unfortunately for himself, placed his head where his feet ought to have been. I am now wondering if that was not "Tutor Parkinson"?I always thought that it was your very own self who, before the Prof. came into that room changed the pillow from the head to the foot of that Pivoted Single-Bed; hence, when he trustingly and fearlessly laid him self out on it to try it, his enthusiasm having gotten away with his precautionary instincts, the results were than when your said most clever combination Alarm Clock "went-off", why, he too, instantaneoulsly "wentoff" head first on the floor, and the laugh has been on him ever since!It has this moment on second thought occurred to me that those two little boys referred to on the previous page as being "Doctor Carr's" were insted those of Doctor Butler, I had a very pleasant visit with Dr. Butler not many weeks before his lsst illness, a few years ago.My oldest son, George Max, has been operating in Alaska for 12 years; he has for a few years been managing a large hydraulic, placer-gold mining plant up the Copper River valley in the Chittitu dist. at Nisina. Four years ago I had ths pleasure of a trip from Seattle through the so-called "inside-route", [illegible]c, to Valdez, where I met my son and his wife, and we returned via the same route through "Icy Strait", "Glacier Bay", etc, etc. so that as those passages there were made by day-light we say your very own "MUIR GLACIER" thus by day-light, which event alone was worth the entire cost of the whole trip.What truly wonderful discoveries have since been made in Alaska in, Gold, Copper, Coal, Lignite, Fish, Tin etc, etc, since you made your discoveries there; and, it is to be presumed that the end is not yet.Do you ever get down here? If you should come again while I am here, I ask that you kindly let me know in advance of your coming, as, I would be pleased to have you come to my house for a visit.Trusting that you are enjoying good health and happiness, and, that at your convenience I may have the pleasure of hearing from you, I remain,Yours sincerely,[illegible]P. S.To better enable you to properly locate me in your mind's eye, I will explain that I was then, as ever since, quite lame in my left leg. In fact it was that disability that disqualified me from entering the army.04746


Washington [D. C.]

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1910 Apr 20


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.

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