John Muir


John Muir


[A. H.] Sellers




Nov 22 1898

My dear Sellers

I've been hoping all summer that my good angel would guide me to you through the seasons work, but now it seems I can only wave my hand in salute from this distance in the Florida pines on my way home. It is but little more than two months since I left California, so far however have been my wanderings through these eastern forests & so fast & devious it seems years & years. I came around by the Great Northern to Duluth - down the lakes to Buffalo & thence to



Boston - to Cape Cod - North Carolina Georgia - Alabama - Tennessee - Kentucky. Thence back to Boston & from there to Canada through the White Mtns & the Green Mtns with their glorious colored woods. Again to Canada through the Maine woods by Moosehead Lake & back to New York. Thence short trips through the Berkshire Hills & up the Hudson reveling in the Autumnal red & gold of the woods. Thence south again through the grand Yellow & purple oak forests about Wilmington, Del. Baltimore & Washington & on to St Augustine Miami & Key West Thence on a [sloop?] to the south most palmy Keys that stretch towards Cuba



Thence over to the west side of the peninsula by Patalka & Gainesville to Cedar Keys on my old track made 32 year ago. At Archer I discovered most of the family who nursed me through a long fever. The old lady failed to recognize me & demanded my name, & when I said Muir she almost screamed "John Muir! My California John Muir? & how we talked over old times glad to find we were not forgotten through all these long icy years & sunny years You may imagine.
I mean to stop a day or two at Mobile with an old German botanical friend of Asa Gray to see the forests there & at New Orleans with another botanist then straight home.



Through the glorious Alleghany forests I was with Prof Sargent & Canby in Canada & here I was & am along but how many are my trees & flowers & rock [friends?] & birds & streams & hills & lakes & [illegible] all lovely & familiar when are we to have a trip together?

[in margin: Ever very truly your friend John Muir]

I hope ere long I met few people - had no dress clothes or time. Spent an evening with Tesla; & several evenings with hero Hobson in N.Y. The magazine people at Boston & N.Y. Dined with lawyer Choate & talked forestry had fine ramble with Gilder at his country place & Prof Osborn on the Hudson. & in the Berkshire Hills etc etc etc. Are you coming to Cal this winter?


Live Oak, Fla.

Date Original

1898 Nov 22


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File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0513

Collection Identifier

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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