Slabsides, [West Park, N.Y.],
Sept. 24, '99.
Dear John Muir,
Many thanks for your letter and for Mrs. Colver's enclosed. Yours was the first word I had had from any member of the H.A.E. Shortly after I had one from the Averell girl, and a few days since came one from Dr. Fisher.
I found all well at home and that the bottom had not fallen out of things on account of my absence. Indeed, I am beginning to suspect the sun would rise and set just the same and grapes would continue to ripen, if 1 were to vanish for good and all.
We never had a finer crop of grapes, and prices were pretty good. We began shipping on the 11th of August, and the bulk of them were off by Sept. 1st -- 30 tons.
I have been well except a slight sluggishness of the liver -- the reaction, I suppose, from that stimulating Alaska climate. Everybody remarked my improved looks. The trip certainly did me lots of good.
I see there has been an earthquake up there recently. I fear it has given your sheep a terrible shaking up. Your old bell wether is probably in a sad plight. I should like to have stood upon St. Elias, but not upon the Muir glacier, during the event. I fear our Indian friends at Yakutat Bay suffered seriously.
My thoughts go back most frequently and most fondly to. Kodiak. That place really touched my heart. I almost wish I lived there. I think I must see it again.
We had a lucky trip across the continent -- no heat, no dust, and only one delay -- a day and a half in the Bad lands in Utah, from a washout. Fine weather here since my return -- much sunshine and no frost yet. The Century will print my bird poems - three of them. Fuertes has been asked to make the bird pictures. I shall try my hand at a sketch of the trip next month. I may spend part of the winter in Florida, as the guest of a N.H. Yankee farmer. I wish it were to be in California, with or near you, but that will come, I hope, before very long.
Remember me to Mrs. Colver. I think her suggestion about the dog story a good one.
Sincerely your friend,
Slabsides [N. Y.]
1899 Sep 24
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Burroughs, John, "Letter from John Burroughs to John Muir, 1899 Sep 24." (1899). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 2450.
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