William M. Canby


John Muir



July 11 1898

Dear old streak o'lightning on ice,

I was delighted to hear from the glacier period once more and to know that you were going to make your escape from Purgatory and merge in the Heavenly forests of the Alleghenies. As to going with you and Sargent I intend to do it - if possible. With yours came a letter from S. asking me to place out a route. re. - and you speak of those woods which I know so well. Well I must say that if Sargent does not know the southeastern woods I do not know any one that does. It has been long since I have seen them. However I will try to map out something.
My time of going is between Sept. 12 and Oct. 10 if I really can go. Only one thing that I can now foresee may prevent. I have a niece who has two charming little daughters who is coming to see me this fall and who must consult a [Phila.?] authority in regard to a [lameness?] of me of the children. I must see to this for her and perhaps be with her. I am going to try to find out about her plans and try to arrange. Will


the time above mentioned suit you.
Have you seen the Luray Caverns or the Natural Bridge? If not do you care to? I should like to have you look for the summit of Salt Pond Mt. in CA and the Roan in N.C. Then I must get into Northern Alabama for a day (at Piedmont).

But I will consult with Sargent about this. Be assured that with my kindest regards I am ever yours sincerely

William M. Canby


Wilmington, Del.

Date Original

1898 Jul 11


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 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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