John Muir


John Muir


[A. H.] Sellers


Martinez, Dec. 28. 1898

My dear Sellers

Mrs Muir & I were greatly shocked & distressed by the news of your accident. You must have suffered horribly & long in any case but after the ligaments & muscles were swollen & inflamed to have your arm set 48 hours after your fall was enough to kill. I am glad you have weathered the storm & I devoutly hope that soon you will be perfectly free from pain & sound & strong as ever.
I have always felt that sidewalks & everything artifical & civilized were dangerous & this dreadful accident is surely enough to drive you into the wilderness. Providence has to all but kill us to get us into safety


in the way we should go.
Of course now that you have tumbled out of your Trust Company you will stay out. Surely you will not trifle away any more time on mere business It is growing late & it behooves us to be up & away on out mountain tramps while the light lasts & our bones are whole & strong Anyhow come here as soon as you can for this way lies wildness - the best on the continent. In the meantime "for a' that & a' that" I wish you a happy New Year. all three, with good living granite for your feet.
Write as soon as you get this that I may know how you come on.

Ever your friend

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1898 Dec 28


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0581

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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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