John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]



July 5th 1889

Dear Louie. Here are more snakes that I found in the Call this morning. The curly crooked things have fairly gained the papers & bid fair to crawl through [illegible] all leaving a track never I fear to be obliterated. The Chronicles turn will come next I fancy & others will follow I suppos I ought to write a good post glaciel snake history for the Bulletin. For just see how much better this lady's snakes are than mine in the Examiner "The biggest snakes that ever waves a warning rattle" - Almost poetry compared with "John Muir says they dont eat sheep"




"wriggling & rattling aborigines" Im ashamed of my ramshackle Examiner prose. The Indians "tree the game" & hang up his snakeship" "beautifully cured" in "sweet field arrayed in [illegible] green" "& very beautiful they are" etc etc etc. Oh dear how scrawny & lean & mean my snake composition seems worse in its brutal simplicity than Johnie's composition about "A Owle" well it must be born. I'm pegging away - Saw Upshaw today. Dr Vincent is at Palace - havent called on him, too busy - Love to all Don't tell anybody about my poor snakes - Kiss the babes. JM.



Grand Hotel, San Francisco, Cal

Date Original

1889 Jul 5


Original letter dimensions: 24 x 15 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0121

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