[Eliza Ruhamah Scidmore]


[Louie Strentzel] Muir



Why it was that I missed seeing Mrs. Carr while I was at Santa Monica. I sent a note immediately upon my arrival and heard nothing from her. I am so pleased too to know that Mr. Muir has aroused an Alaskan fervor in Mr. Keith. Provided Mr. [illegible] gets his mail route established between Sitka and Onalaska, via Yakutat & Cooks Inlet, Mr. Keith will be sure of an opportunity see Mt. St. Elias and the peninsula without relying entirely upon Capt. Hooper. I was so very sorry not to be able to accept your


1502 21st Street

Washington D.C. Dec 31st 1890

My dear Mrs. Muir

I send to you with this some photographs of Mr. Muirs summer chalet by the ice. I fear that before this late day they have been duplicated by more prompt and kindly photographers - but indeed, indeed I have been busy and sadly rushed ever since I returned from the [illegible]


Alaska is having quite a popularity and prominence in Washington just now. Capt. Carroll has arrived, as full of original salt and sin as ever. His "Heave Ho!" laugh is as resounding as in his political district and his complexion the same fast and unfading dye. His experiences here and his opinions of ways and people of Washington are most amusing. Prof. Reid was in the city this week at the meeting of the Geologic Assocation


and his photographs of the Muir Glacier, of Mr. Muir, the cabin, the chimney, etc. were shone by lantern slides at the same time with Mr. Russell's St. Elias [illegible]. Capt. Hooper and the Corwin are still at Port Townsend and quite likely to remain there they fear. Mrs. Hooper and the children are at 1169 [illegible] St. Oakland and were quite in dispair when they last wrote, at not having Capt. Hooper with them for the holidays. I am so glad to learn



and Mr. Muir's most kind invitation to Martinez last fall, but my time in San Francisco was very short and I was away before I well realized that I had been there. In New York later, Mrs. Rollins told me of her delightful day at the ranch and quite filled me with envy. Everyone has been so delighted to find Mr. Muir again in print and have so enjoyed his Century articles this year. I hope that you will keep him to it and not let him rest until


he has given Alaska its fair share of his attention. I am begging Mr. Johnson to make Alaska a point of attack now that the Yosemite and International Copyright are disposed of. Dr. Dall on the Boundary Line and Mr. Muir on the glaciers and scenery would help the territory on amazingly. The Century has such a power.


…Washington, D. C.

Date Original

1890 Dec 31


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 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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