John Muir


John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway] Anna [Annie L. Muir]


[Rough draft of letter]

[May. '99 ]

Dear Sarah & Anna:

Goodbye. I'm off tomorrow for Alaska with a large scientific party. I was in the thick of my writing and would not have gone, however tempting the company and auspices had [it] not been that we are to visit the very part of the Coast I have not yet seen, least easy of access, that I have long been wanting to visit - namely from Yakutat to Cook Inlet and Kodiak. I had to go some time anyhow.
We go on a special steamer. All expenses are paid by a wealthy New York business man - Mr. Harriman. Only part of the company I know -John Burroughs, Miss Kuhn, Cap. Dale, and Prof. Brewer. We leave Seattle May 30, and return in about 2 mos. I have just sent an article to the Atlantic on Yo[semite] Park. I'm tired writing and need a rest anyhow. I'm glad to hear you are well through Maggie's letter [which] I've just read.

[John Muir]


To Walter Hives Page

[Walter H. Page]

[Martinez, California,
May, 1899]

My dear Page;

I send The article on Yosemite Park to-day by registered mail. It is short, but perhaps long enough for this sort of stuff. I have(3}other articles on camping in the park, and on the trees and shrubs, gardens, etc., and on Sequoia park blocked out and more than half written. I wanted to complete these and get the book out together and off my hands this summer, and now that I have all the material well in hand and on the move I hate to leave it.
I start tomorrow on a two months' trip with Harriman's Alaska Expedition. John Burroughs and Prof[W.H.] Brewer and a whole lot of good naturalists are going. But I would not have gone, however tempting, were it not to visit the only part of the coast I have not seen and one of the scenes that I would have to visit some time anyhow. This has been a barren year, and I am all the less willing to go, though the auspices are so good. I lost half the winter in a confounded fight with sheep and cattlemen and politicians on behalf of the forests. During the other half I was benumbed and interrupted by sickness in the family, while in word works, even at the best, as you know I'm slow as a glacier. You'll get these papers, however, sometime, and they Will be hammered into a book - if I live long enough.
I was very glad to get your letter, as it showed you were well enough to be at work again. With best wishes, I am,

Faithfully yours,


[Rough draft of letter]

[T. P. Lukens]
[May, '99]

My dear Lukens:

I'm going to town day after tomorrow, and if I meet the gentlemen you mention I'll gladly recommend you for forest work. Usually, however, it is not the best man for the place that gets it. You have done a fine thing in starting the Forest and Water Associ[ation].

I start north Friday night. With best wishes,

[John Muir]02588


[Martinez, Calif.]

Circa Date

1899 May [1]


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 27 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 10, Image 0817

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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