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John Muir




Oakland, Cal. Dec 19, 1893

Dear Mr. Muir:

Your kind note of the 11th was duly received, and in accordance with my pred[illegible]tion for putting off till to-morrow what I do not have to do to-day (having so much in the [illegible] and domestic lines that I do have to do_ that it has gone this long unanswered. And then your suggestion in regard to sending the [Russia?] sonnet to Geo Kennan started me on some more sonnets, or [illegible] the one to Kennan, and the one to [illegible] was suggested by an [illegible] in the Enquirer. Of the other sonnets sent, the one on English [illegible] has the most [illegible]


of anything I have written though I plan so careful a naturalist as you may find fault with the botany. My father, for many years a resident of Kansas, has the flora of that region at his finger's ends as it were, but my botany is of a very general character. Your kind invitation to come up and see you I shall be all too pleased to accept. Is the holiday season suitable for you to do penance in such a way & will you be at home on Wednesday of next week with no engagements to conflict with your wasting your time upon me? If so, I would suggest that day. If you have anything at all which would conflict with this, drop me a line and we will fix upon some other date.


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You no doubt had a very pleasant [summering?]. But as you say, it must have been a very [decided?] contrast to your quarter century of work in the wilds. By the way, I notice by Mr. S[illegible]'s sketch in the May Century that your [out date?] me some nineteen years. You see I have the advantage of you in that I know quite a little about you, while I am a terra incognita to you, and I am afraid that upon exploration you will find it but a barren place, not worth your study. I think, speaking of age, that you will be young at one hundred if you do not become


Oakland, Calif.

Date Original

1893 Dec 19


Original letter dimensions: 23.5 x 15 cm.

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



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