John Muir


[John Muir]


[Annie] Wanda [Muir]



[line drawing of bear with paws in air]

July 12. 1888

My Dear Wanda-

When I was at Mountain Shasta on my way up here I was walking along thinking about the changes that had been made since I used to climb the old mountain - the railroad & the cars & the sawmills & the lots of new houses. I was thinking how different everything about the foot of the mountain looked when all at once I saw a bear A brown hairy muggins with long teeth & long claws & a long


[in margin: your little sister & I will not forget to bring you something]

black nose. I was startled at first & said Hulou Old fellow What are you doing here. Then up he jumped [stricken word] & stood like a man & looked at me with his cunning eyes & held out his arms & spread his claws & big paws. Then I saw that he was chained & I gave him an apple & he ate it up then I ventured to walk close up to him & pat him on the head as if he were a dog then he took my hand in his mouth as if he meant to bit it off & he did bit in a little but I jerked it away before he could get a good hold. The old muggins seemed to be half in fun & half in earnest about his biting. Be a good girl & take good care of



Victoria, B. C.

Date Original

1888 Jul 23


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 14 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 05, Image 1070

Collection Identifier

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

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

Owning Institution

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.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date



2 pages


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



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