219 Grand Ave.
May 20, 1897,
My dear friend,
Some time ago I received your most kind letter and I was so pleased to hear from you It brings so vividly to our mind of the happy and pleasant days spent at the University._ I was at the University a few weeks ago. There is such a change in relation to the buildings but the three buildings that were when we attended remain the same. I took a look at the building and the location of the
of the rooms we occupied. Pleasant to the memory are the "days of Lang Syne". I regreted so much that I did not see you at the time you were at Portage. What a pleasant visit we would have had I intended to have Judge Griswold & J. [T?]. Stewart to be with us also. I have read your book on the "Mountains of California" I enjoyed it so much and I have lent it to a number of friends and at present time my nephew who is teaching is reading it He has enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed your descriptions of your [examination?] to the different National Parks but have not received your report
I think that Wisconsin ought to have been the first University to have profered the honorary degree upon you in recognition of your valuable services in science and literature, but Harvard is much preferable to Wisconsin. At the time I called on you at Prof. Sweets residence a publishing house gave me an interesting account of the history of California which you were writing I should judge from the account given it must be a most interesting work. The newspapers here has had some notice of your work in Cal-
but a very short account I always enjoy to see the mention of your name in articles of science and travels. I would like to see your brother David give him my kind regards. I sincerely appreciate your most kind invitation to visit you. I know it would be most enjoyable and as you say "we would talk over our school days." It is a great pleasure to me to call to mind their schoolmates of early days especially those of ability and dedication. I have your account of trip to Alaska
and at present time Mrs Cass who has a son in B.C. and who has spent years in California British Columbia and Alaska in search for gold. It seems to me that the study and research you have give to the study of the geology of the places mentioned that you could locate valuable mining property, but a person who enjoys nature [illegible]as gold is of no account.
I saw Mr. Stewart a few weeks ago. he an editor at the present time. [Griswold?] lives here. I met Patrick the janitor when I was at Madison and he is well. He said he went to Prof.
Bullters to see you but you had gone and he regreted in not seeing you. You recalled he used to let us down to the basement to roast our potatoes We were the favored few. I have two nieces in California one 1461 Carroll St Los Angeles and the other at Moneta, Los Angeles Co. Cal. Should you be in their vicinity I would be please to have you call on them. Mrs Peck lives at Los Angeles and Mrs Dean at Mineta. Excuse my not answering before but your book "Mountains of California" was loaned and address on last letter enclosed. I remain your loving friend
1897 May 20
Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.
Howitt, John, "Letter from John Howitt to John Muir, 1897 May 20." (1897). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2243.
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