John Howitt


John Howitt


John Muir



#219 [Grand?] Ave.

Waukesha Wis.

Prof. John Muir.

Martinez Cal.

Dear Friend.

I presume you may have forgotten me. My name is John Howitt who attended the Wis. University when you did and my room was just across the hall from your and your brothers. I recollect you so well; also, the clocks you made of wood and the time we spent with each other; also, of your going out to teach school; that was the last time I saw you until I called on you at Prof. Sweets about four years ago, no it is more, I think five. I met Prof Chas Allen, who used to teach the normal at Madison and later at San Joes. Cal. here a few yeas ago also at the World's Fair and he gave me your address; but I neglected in


writing until this late date. Today I was looking over the map of California and I noticed Martinez which brought to my mind again your name I still reside at Waukesha, Wis. Supt. of Schools for eleven years, but gave up the work about the time I visited California. I am so much pleased with the success you have made of this life and the benefits the world will derive from your writings, While in California in trying to find you, I was informed to a publishing house, which was printing a history of California which you was writing. I think they had one or two volumes printed when I was there. I have read some of your articles in Harpers, also a sketch of your life by Prof Sweet in the Atlantic Monthly I believe. If any man has


made a success in life I am sure you have; and, erected monuments more lasting and enduring than [granate?]. Many are the times I have thought of you bro. Geo. I believe was his name, who attended the University that fall you went out to teach. I have never seen him since. Where is he? Time is telling on us; my hair is turning grey. I do not know as you recollect, but there were some grey hairs when I attended the University. You may recollect J.N. Stewart and M. Griswold whoes room was just above yours and your bro's. Mr. Stewart has been clerk in the State Supt. of Pu[illegible]. Inst. at Madison the past year and Griswold is Co. Judge here. I will close hoping you and family are well.

Yours truly

John Howitt



…Waukesha, Wis

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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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