John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]



New York

Thursday, Sep. 28, 1893.


Dear Louie- I had hoped to be in Chicago ere this but have been waiting for Mr Johnson who is hard pressed with work on account of the absence of Mr Gilder. Johnson thinks it is very important that I go to Washington to see Hooke Smith & the Chairmen of land committees & your telegrams point the same way Mr Gilder got back last evening & Johnson & I will start for Washington tomorrow remain there a day or two, then go on together to Chicago where Mrs Johnson now is. I mean to stop only a day or two at Chicago Then go to Portage & then straight home. The days spent here have not been wholly unprofitable as at the Century rooms & the Clubs I have met some interesting people. One evening as I sat at dinner with Johnson at the club called The Players I noticed a grayhaired man looking hard at me. Presently he came across the dinning room & asked if this was John Muir

Then I recognized him. it was Irwin the artist. Then General McDo[illegible]s son joined us & we had a pleasant California evening. Irwin said he recognized me by my head which he had sketched as you know some twenty years ago in Yosemite, I enquired whether he still had the sketch He said he had it in his studio & when I told him that you were curious to see it, he at once said that he would take pleasure in presenting it to you. only he was sorry it was not a better & more carefully ex[illegible]ted picture. So I went to his studio next day & gained possession of it for you. The art critic [Sturgis?] took me out to dine at the Century Club one evening where I met a number of well known literary men etc Here at the Players & the Century Editorial rooms I met Mark Twain, Aldritch the poet, Chas Dudley Warner Judge Howland & many others of less note. With Warner I had a long talk on Yosemite & forest affairs last evening. He promised to do all he could to help us, & seemed surprised to learn the methods of the Yo Commissioners. Rudyan Kippling is another notable Im to see. Had a pleasant talk with Jude Howland last evening. So glad your better. Love to all Kisses to the babies

Ever yours John Muir


New York

Date Original

1893 Sep 28


Original letter dimensions: 23.5 x 15 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 1369

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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