John Muir


John Muir


R[obert] U[nderwood] Johnson



Jan. 13, 1890

Dear Mr Johnson,

That is a pretty big block of mountains you have indicated for our article. I fear the description will seem lean & scrawny, however I will gladly do the best I can with it hoping to call attention to its value as our grand "Central Park" in the Sierra. There will be no lack of sketches or photographs for illustrations. Keith has some Tuolumne Canon sketches & some of mine can be fixed up perhaps, photographs of the Big Meadows & the adjacent can be had, but of the interesting region about the head of the north fork of the San Joaquin only my poor pencil sketches are available as far as I know.


I'm sorry to hear of your family sorrow & trust the new year will deal gently with you. I have already commenced to write out some note sfor this Yosemite. A skeleton however bare of the kind of desription of the valley you want would be [illegible], though to write to order & measure I am about the worst hand you could find. I shall hope however that the luxurience of the illustrations will hide the leanness of the text.

Cordially yours

John Muir


Martinez, [Calif]

Date Original

1890 Jan 13


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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Reel 06, Image 0333

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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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