John Muir


John Muir


[A. H.] Sellers


Martinez, Cal. Aug. 31, 1899.

My dear Sellers

I was very glad to hear from you. I was thinking about you when your letter came. I hope that confounded devouring business will not be the death of you all before you are free from it. No wonder you are not feeling well I dont think I could stand it a week. Your month at the lake club will do some good but you should some to the Sierra. I got back nearly a month ago but have made a short trip to the California Sequoias. The weather all through the voyage was fine & the views we had of the Fairweather Mountains, The St Elias Alps & their glaciers, & The glaciers & mountain scenery in general of Prince WIlliams Sound were perfectly glorious. We had grand & exceedingly interesting views of icy flowers smoking volcanoes in Cook Inlet & along the Alaska Peninsula

& wherever we landed we found ourselves wading in flowers. Especially flowering are the shores of the Peninsula & Kodiak & Unalaska. One of the most beautiful of the flowers & most effective in making rich purple masses is the Kamchatka dwarf rhododendron the stems are pistillate but the flowers are large (an inch long one & a half inches wide & covers acres & miles in royal purple. I wish I could tell you about these wild gardens writing seem so silly & [unimportant?]. In Prince WIlliams Sound we saw 11 glaciers of the first class discharging bergs In Yakutat & disenchantment 13 [illegible] 3 & in Glacier Bay 9. I think there are more in Prince Williams Sound. I want to go back & explore its many far reaching fiords & you should go too [illegible] what scenery is there & around St Elias I [illegible] the heart to try to pen sketch it. Come on out & let me tell you face to face, I do believe I would talk Mrs Sellers thin. I saw Keith a week ago. He said he had a pleasant vist & is in cheery state of mind. Remember me to Frank. Do come this winter.

Ever Yours

John Muir


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1899 Aug 31


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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Reel 10, Image 0955

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