Carl C. Zeus


Carl C. Zeus


John Muir


San Jose, Cal. May, 15th, 1892.

My dear Mr. Muir:

Your kind letter was received and I will make my headquarter in your hidden cabine, if you kindly permit me to do so. Please give me a letter to some person, who is in charge of the premises; or shall I write to the governor for a permit to pitch my tent where I please? Inclosed prospectus will interest you, perhaps the [Derving?] Publishing Company may do something to aid the enterprise and I hope that you may write up for us Middle and Northern California. You are a true artist and I will take great pains to execute in colors what you described so beautifully. I have sent some of my best watercolor paintings of Southern California to Hanfstaengl Royal Art Publishing House in Munich (my native city) to be reproduced in [Agnarell?] Gravure style; in return I was congratulated, that my sketches were the best representation ever seen abroad of our beautiful amosphere’s tints, beculiar only to Southern California,

and was requested to send the whole series to the Royal Runstoerein, after the World’s Fair is over. When I return from my round-trip, Yosemite Valleys and Shasta Region, I will bring you all my California sketches to criticize them, among them your “hidden cottage” for yourself.

Yours very truly

Carl C. Zeus.



of snow on the grass now which fell last night and it is nearly ten oclock in the fore [noon?]: Father said the day he died there was not a better man than you to go to for advice, so we have chosen you to advise us, for Fathers word is law. Please answer us as soon as convenient.

Yours very respectfully

Altray Horton

William Horton



Buffalo Wis.

May 20th – 92

Mr Muir

Dear Sir,

You no doubt expected to hear from us before this, but we have met with a sad loss since we saw you, Dear old Father is gone forever, he died very suddenly with heart failure the next Thursday night after we saw you. he had not been very well for three weeks. but he seemed quite well that day and felt quite encouraged. he left no will but had been talking with a Lawyer a while before and telling him how he


San Jose, Cal

Date Original

1892 May 15


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20.5 cm.

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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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