John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]



I'm anxious to learn how your mother is. She seemed to be so hopeless & sad when I bade her goodbye. Tell her to be of good cheer Trust in Gods love & fear nothing.

Ever Yours

John Muir



Aug. 11, 1897

Dear Louie.

I arrived here at daybreak this morning The train was delayed by rush of travel etc. & what with want of sleep & continual talking I fell rather tired. We have just returned from a delightful ride & walk from Lake Louise to Lake Agnes though grand woods of spruce & pine & a species of larch I had before seen. Canby is as bright



& cheerful as ever & a most indefatigable collector of plants. Sargent can now walk pretty well & he does not limp.
I telegraphed to Port Townsend to find out whither we can get berths on any of the steamers for both Canby & Sargent seem determined to go if they can comfortably about the 17th or 20th
A gentleman & wife who have just returned from Alaska say that the crowd was so great there was no pleasure in it.


We came down from Banff to Laggan this morning & will stay here at the lake until the day after tomorrow then we will perhaps stay a day or two at Donald & other points I think that if you write as soon as you receive this to Victoria I would get it before going to Alaska,
Later Port Townsend to be held till called for.
Ill telegraph later after I know definitely what we are going to do.


Banff, Alberta

Date Original

1897 Aug 11


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 26 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 09, Image 1016

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