R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson


John Muir


July 18,1889

My. Dear Mr. Muir,

I arrived at the office yesterday morning, and found yours of the 28th of June, for which I thank you. I left the city on the 25th, having been very closely occupied during the last three days. I wrote you a letter from Chico, Which was the last resting place for the sole of my foot in California. You got rather more than your share of attention from me in Northern California, as your peak was the only part of Mt. Shasta and Vicinity of which I was able to see anything, the higher mountain being covered with clouds. I found Puget Sound region delightful and went as far as Victoria. I can hardly forgive myself for not having made the attempt to go to Alaska on the Corona which took a number of my acquaintances, including Prof. Bickmore of the Museum of Natural History in "Central Park" (a place of which I believe you have heard.)
I am this morning attending to your commission for a set of bound volumes of the Magazine -old and new series -to which I am adding a set of Mr. Gilder's Poems for Mrs. Muir.
I am greatly indebted to you for having added so substantially to the pleasure of my visit in California, as


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well as to its usefulness. Your note to General Bidwell was especially useful. I found that he was staying over simply to see me, thinking you would come too. Shinn and I had a most interesting interview with him, and he is to give us a paper by the assistance of a stenographer and of Mrs. Bidwell, with whom I need hardly say I fell in love at once. I hope very much that we shall see them in New York in the Fall. General Bidwell is an admirable man in every respect, and the one man that could not be omitted from this series.

With kindest t regards to
Mrs. Muir,

Sincerely yours,

Mr. John Muir,
Martinez, Cal.



…Union Square, New York

Date Original

1889 Jul 18


Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.

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

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