John Muir


John Muir


Helen [Muir]



Montana Sep 10 1898

My dear Helen

I am now in the Rocky Mountains, going through a forest of beautiful larches on the bank of a branch of the Kootenai River. Mixed with the larch there are a good many Yellow Pines & [tree?] leaved & Mosentine pines & Rocky Mountain Spruce & birch & small maples. It is a calm sunny day & rather warm but I am enjoying the trip very much. It's hopeless to try to tell you about it with horrid pen & the swaying jolting jumbling car I had a fine view of Mt Shasta & the Rogue River Valley from peaches at Ashland. & fine company who of course kept me talking but my throat stood the strain pretty well. At Portland I saw & had a long interesting talk with Lieut Wood about his visit to Glacier Bay two years before mine
The views up the Columbia were very fine the maples read & yellow



& the sunset purple. This morning when I looked out I was in a big wheatfield. We were passing through the farmers Palouse country - the most fertile I know of in all the interior of the continent The ride to along the Pend D Oreille River was charming - such a fine deep blue flood of cool water flowing past rocks through the beautiful forests.
I suppose Ill be in Duluth next Monday. & Tuesday start down the lakes to Buffalo. When I get to Duluth I'll telegraph if I get a chance.
I hope you & your mamma & Wanda are well. Give them my love. I hope too that Mesopotamia Tawny etc are well & that the house is not [illegible] by burned until the end of the world or near it. When you go over to Maggies give her my love. Goodbye dear

Ever Your loving Papa.

John Muir



Date Original

1898 Sep 10


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0303

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