John Muir


John Muir


Dav[id Gilrye Muir]


[Original letter in possession of David Gilrye Muir]

Martinez. Oct. 30, 1885.

Dear brother Dave:

We are all settled again in the old home with its cares and joys, grapes and Chinamen, etc., and already plotting for other runaway excursions next year and other years. Here is a Yellowstone letter which may interest you. The notice and sketch of father's life that I sent from K[ansas] C[ity] I have not yet seen, but expect a few copies when it is printed.
Anna stood the journey well and seems to be gaining in hope and health. Poor lass, I hope she may yet see brighter days than these last, so full of sickness and disappointed hopes.What of the syndicate business? I have not yet heard from you. Have you seen through yourself and turned? Remember me to your boys and girls and to Mr. Parry and your bookkeeper and clerks for whose benefit I so assiduously smoked.
Let me hear from you soon, and do not allow yourself to sink again into silence, trespasses and sins.

Ever truly your brother,

John [Muir]

Better print that Yellowstone, and then I'll not need to find a copy for the rest of the family -- that is if your paper will accept it.


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1885 Oct 30


Original letter dimensions: 31 x 21.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0518

Collection Identifier

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

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

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Muir-Hanna Trust

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2 pages


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



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