John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


Union Club.
Victoria, B. C.



Union Club,
Victoria, B.C.
Aug. 16, 1897

Dear Louie -

We expected to sail for Alaska tomorrow but nave been so delayed by the crowds or Endeavorers on the trains and other contrary events we have been compelled to wait for the Queen wh[which] sails on the 22d, which will be better anyhow I guess. Perhaps less crowded and certainly have better accommodations. In the meantime we will prowl about the woods here and in the neighborhood of Port Townsend and Seattle. We stayed a day at Laggan, a day and a half at Glacier, a day at Vancouver, and arrived here last evening. Sargent is going off tomorrow for a two days trip up the coast on the R.R. and I mean to remain here and try and write that newspaper article, though I don't feel like writing. The Atlantic article will probably have to wait quieter times. I feel anxious to hear how Grandma and all of you are, and now that our plans are set I will telegraph. It has been very hot hereabouts for three days, and I fear you also have suffered. In the Selkirk and Rocky Mtns [mountains] it was delightfully cool. Were it not for the jamb of gold seekers I would telegraph Mary to come, but we have not been able to make sure of our berths so far.

Ever yours,
John Muir

Write hereafter to Port Townsend.



Victoria, B. C.

Date Original

1897 Aug 16


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 09, Image 1026

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