Walter Brown


Walter Brown


John Muir




Dec 10th 1889

Mr John Muir

Martinez Cal.

My Dear Brother:-

Your kind letter of Nov 29th has reached me today and I wish to beg your pardon for the seeming neglect for I realize that I should have written to you and sent you the statement regarding the house which you requested long ago, but I have




not been in Kansas City for eight months except for a day or two and then so busy, the taxes an dinterest are all cared for so it is all safe and I carry eight thousand fire insurance on the house in your name all the time, I will fix the walks and fences and any little things needful to make it sell




and sell as soon as the growth of the city gets started again which will be in the spring I think, there is quite a balance due you on rents etc which I will pay as soon as I can which will be ere long now as I am about ready to organize a trust co here which will supply the money




to build our Railroad and so soon cut loose over sixty thousand dollars which I have put into it, meantimes I shall be pretty hard up. The 5000, mortgage I can get renewed or get a new loan on the property to pay it if you wish, please tell me which way you prefer, I cannot tell just what John paid for


[in margin: direct in care this Hotel. Who has picturesque California in this city? that I may see it. .W.]



the land in Kansas not having my books with me, neither can I tell how much is still due, I think however that it cost from 3 to 4 dollars per acre and it must be half or more paid for now I think, but of course it is guesswork with me for I have no data at hand. Joanna and the children three are all well as usual, Truly Thine

Walter Brown



Philadelphia, [Penn]

Date Original

1889 Dec 10


Original letter dimensions: 24 x 15 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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