W[illiam] M. Canby


John Muir



Whenever I speak of Alaska and recommend people to go there to see its wonders, that is always the principal inducement I mention.
I ask you to believe, my dear Mr. Muir, that I always think of you with the utmost respect and I may truly say admiration; and that in all sincerity I am most truly,

Your obliged,

Wm M. Canby

I sent your Mountains of California to Mr. Anderson


Wilmington Delaware

Oct. 24th 1897

My dear Mr. Muir,

Prof. August has written me of the death of your mother-in-law, the dear old lady who so kindly received us when he and I were at your house some years since. I desire to express my sympatny with you and especially with Mrs. Muir at this severance of so tender and close a relation. However circumstances of poor health or suffering may seem to the outside world to make such a change even desirable it is always more or



less shocking to affectionate natures and to those who are in near relationship.
I have been, since my return, so very busy--indeed hard-worked--that I have not written, as I had intended, to thank you for the past pleasure and profit you gave me during our journey together. When I consider what a plague I was to you and how often and unmercifully--yes and unwarrantably--I let my sense of fun get the better of my discretion in teasing you I wonder at your forbearance. I do assure you that I constantly acknowledge to myself all I


owe to you of pleasure and knowledge and constantly feel that one of the best journeys of my life was made what it was by you. But for you I should scarce think of Alaska with a sense of proper knowledge or of the great delight in it which I now have. And so if you will let me I will ask you to think of me as being very grateful to you.
I consider it the greatest thing I ever experienced in that I have seen God's hand carving out a country with his icy chisel. The more I think of it the more reverential I become.


Wilmington, Del.

Date Original

1897 Oct 24


Original letter dimensions: 23 x 28 cm.

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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