John Muir


John Muir


[Richard Watson] Gilder


Martinez, March 27. 1899.

My dear Mr Gilder


I shall be very glad to call on Mrs [Foote?] the first time Im in the city & tell her the Berkshire Hills story with all its blessed Gilders & glaciers. This will be a job after my own heart. Sargent sent me word that you were writing a book on Brook farms glaciers. Send me the icy stanzas you have written after striking out the semi humor & making the semi serious whole it must be a blank shame for a poet to write disrespectfully of glaciers even bucolic or agricultural glaciers.
I thank you for your kind suggestions about "Recollections of a Naturalist". Possibly I may try something of the sort some of these days though my life on the whole has been level & uneventful & therefore hard

to make a book of that many would read. I am not anxious to tell what I have done but what Nature has done an infinitely more important story.
I look back to the Gilder days with delight they were perfectly charming. Remember me to Mrs Gilder & those dear baby girls

Ever Yours

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1899 Mar 27


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Reel 10, Image 0709

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