Charles E. Washburn


[John Muir]


[in margin: Charlie Wasburn, whom I look to Mt Whitney]


Lisle, Broome Co., N.Y.

Jan 21, 1889

My Dear Friend:

When we were on Mount Whitney together – nearly fifteen years ago you proposed a subsequent meeting for the discussion of our mutual experiences – as also, incidentally, of travels of a less etherial nature. Your proposal was carried into effect. – how pleasurably, and profitably, to me. I have never forgotten. During the interval since we last met I have sealed divers rugged and

sightly peaks; and make no doubt that there have been times when you, too, have been well up in the world. Now it has occurred to me that we may both have been on the same lovely – lonely – heights, though we may not have made their ascent together, or by the same approaches. And if I am right in my surmises a meeting for interchange of experiences would be, I am sure, a feast to me. I wonder if such, in the near future, is [illegible] the possibility?

There is no prospect of my being in California very soon; but how about your being “in these parts?” Pray, let me hear from you, whatever be that prospect. Hoping that your power to enjoy has been, and may ever be, on the increase, and that I may have the pleasure, at no distant day of again seeing you face to face; - and awaiting an answer, when, and as the spirit my move you.

I am

Your still-aspiring friend,

Charles E. Washburn

John Muir,




Lisle, Broome Co., N[ew] Y [ork]

Date Original

1889 Jan 21


Original letter dimensions: 14.5 x 22.5 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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