John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr


Martinez, Jan 30, 1888-

Dear Mrs Carr,

My Knowledge of S. Cal. is not sufficiently close to enable me to follow you well in your descriptions and the MS.$ is so mixed & disjouinted that I cannot in some places find out where or in what direction you are driving. The pages not being numbered is I suppose the chief cause of the apparent confusion.

I think that you had better put the article together yourself writing freely witout sense of haste--taking all the time you require to make the work satisfactory to yourself. This you will not be able to do since the Co. have or will indicate definitely what to omit & what to include & the relative important of the sections etc etc.

[in margin: Weather funereal & [illegible] With best wishes to yourself & the [illegible] am ever truly J.M.]


I first thought after conferring with the publishers that I could put the material in shape & thus save you further trouble. But my ignorance I find is too thick for the purpose & too comprehensive.

In talking over the country yesterday with Messrs Dewing & Oge it seemed best that you should not attempt to cover so much territory with so thin a layer of words but rather that you should give a good solid instructive, lively & shining picture of Passadena the B[illegible] & the old Mexican & Young American Angels with all their flowers grand beds & groves etc etc & padres. Mr. Oge [stricken word] however promised to write you particularly & I need say nothing more than Good Luck & I but forget the arithmetical signs for the top of pages

CA 146


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1888 Jan 30


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 0944

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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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