John Muir


John Muir


[Annie] Wanda [Muir]



Sep. 22


My dear Wanda

I sent you a p[illegible]ed [leaf?] from my notebook yesterday from the train. & here is an appendix for it in ink. We arrived at this charming inn after dark in the rain tired out & more than half sick with bad food & overabundance of fine scenery. New flowers new trees etc. Just this moment Sargent who was out on the porch looking at the rain & magnolias, liquid ambers, sassafras, rhododendron, liriodendron, chestnut oak & scarlet hemlock etc. came in & said "Muir what are you writing? a romance"? I said "No. I am writing the truth" That said he is a very hard thing to do. "Yes" I said "I know it is for some"
I slept well last night & feel better


in margin: (Leaf of scarlet oak not yet scarlet) Hello Helen. How are Mozemgasear & Co.?]

The rain continues & we may be here all day. I hope we will, for the views from the veranda are very fine. Mountains & waving hills rising in board billows beyond each other all richly covered with the most beautiful trees. I would like to stay a year. How deliciously fresh the air is full of the scents of the woods.
I am to see Agarriz & Hunnewell so Sargent says. & Page wants to show me the Boston writers. He has a months non[illegible] cut out for me which of course must be cut down.
Page says the bird & beast articles are just right as they are & must be published immediately. He is to send the proof sheets of the birds to Baltimore. I'm having a fine time Canby & Sargent good as can be watch the fires.

With much love to all

Your loving brother



Cranberry, N. C.

Date Original

1898 Sep 22


Original letter dimensions: 24 x 14.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0317

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The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

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