John Muir


John Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson




Oct. 29, 1889

My dear Mr Johnson -

I am very sorry to learng that my dullness & stupidity has occasioned so much trouble. I have not failed however through carelessness I began that confounded letter a dozen times & could never make anything satisfactory out of it. It now lies & has lain on my table for more than a month, a scrawny orderless mass of fragments. You would have written such a letter in half


an hour & no doubt would like to see me hanged for not being able to write it in a month. But I will send that letter yet & when you see it you will agree with me that it is worthless. That such a yawp should have such imaginary value in your estimation passes my comprehension. Any one of the letters you have engaged for the series would I feel sure have answered for a beginning better than mine. Just wait until you see it. The Examiner is behaving


shamefully as Shinn no doubt has told you. The Argonaut is probably at the bottom of it all But such stuff will do you no harm & I hope you will not notice it. The proofs from [illegible] & St Nicholas are very interesting many thanks. Mrs Muir is delited with Gilders Poems & the children with their fairy books. Hoping that my poor dull Yosemite growl may cause you no more trouble I am

Yours very truly

John Muir


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1889 Oct 29


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 06, Image 0265

Collection Identifier

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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