Louie Muir


Louie Muir


[Robert Underwood] Johnson


Martinez, California

Aug. 27, 1890.

Dear Mr. Johnson:

We had hoped to welcome home our Alaska wanderer this week, but now letters and sketches have come instead from Glacier Bay. Mr. Muir writes that he feels well and strong, better than any time since he left the high Sierras though he has made a terribly hard exploration of the glacier heights and the icy wilderness of mountain peaks near the Muir Glacier. Although there were many days of fog and fierce storms after his arrival, he has had also

many glorious views in fine, brilliant sunshine, of that wonderful highland region. The winding trails were too awful for the "Camera-man" to scale or follow, but I think that "The Century" will be fully satisfied with all the pencil notes and pictures that are coming down from far-off eternal ice. I will try to have Mr. Muir prepare them as you wish, before too long. Which do you think best to publish first, Alaska or the King's River Canon[diacritic]? Many good Californians are rejoicing over the beginning of success for your noble effort to save our Sierra

woods and gardens from the hands of manifold destroyers. Some of the bad ones also, seem obliged to agree, and even that "lukewarmest" Bulletin now gives approval! I intended to collect for you clippings from California papers, about forests; but the last week of July, my little Helen was dangerously ill with a nervous fever attended with convulsions, and since then she has needed all my care. I thank you exceedingly for Mr. Kennan's letter. No one could prize it more than I, remembering all his brave work for the freedom of my Polish kindred.

Louie Muir.


Martinez, Calif.

Date Original

1890 Aug 27


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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Reel 06, Image 0619

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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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