John Muir


John Muir


[Henry F.] Osborn


Martinez, California,

November 1897

My dear Prof. Osborn

Where have all the Osborns been this Summer? I thought of you the other day when I read your Great [illegible]turalist in the Century and many times last summer in Alaska. [illegible] I spent a short time in the Rocky Mountain forests between Banff [illegible] Glacier with (Prof.) Sargent and Mr. Ganby then we went to Alaska, mostly by the same route you traveled. We were on the Queen had your state rooms. The weather was not so fine as during your trip. The glorious color we so enjoyed on the upper deck was wanting, but the views of the noble peaks of the Fair weather Range were sublime. They were perfectly clear loomed in the azure, ice-laden and white like very Gods. Canby Sargent were lost in admiration as if they had got into a perfectly new world so they had, old travelers though they are. I've been writing about the forests, mostly, doing what little I can to save them. Harpers weekly the Atlantic Monthly have published something; the latter published an article last August, I sent another two weeks ago am pegging away on three others for the same magazine on The National Parks Sequoia and I want this winter to try some more Alaska. But I make slow hard work of it - slow and hard as glaciers. I missed seeing our good friend Kip. Fe arrived in San Francisco just as I left for the Rockies. When are you coming again to our wild side of the continent how goes your big book? I suppose it will be about as huge as Sargents Silva,
When next you come west you must all come to our house,[illegible] I my little girls will go with you to Yosemite.
With Kindest regards to all the Osborns and the Wing-on-Wing Chickarus I am

Ever cordially yours

John Muir




Martinez, Calif.


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