Alden Sampson


Alden Sampson


John Muir




Los Angeles, 28 Mrch., 1903

Mr. John Muir,

Martinez, Cal.:

Dear sir, Mr. Gifford Pinchot has been so kind as to give me a letter of introduction to [illegible] a favor which I very much appreciate. I shall later be in the vicinity of San Francisco, and with your permission, will then pay my respects to you in person. The purpose of my work is sufficiently explained in Mr. Pinchot's letter; which I send herewith. I am forwarding under separate enclosure of [illegible] report on game refuges, wherein the general purpose of this [scheme?] is [illegible].
Since having [illegible], the steadfast companion of my travels has been your book on the National Parks and I wish to say how deeply I am indebted by you for the f[illegible] of accurate observation therein not forth by the botanist, the mountaineer,




and the port. No better equipment for the delightful task before me could be conceived than to make [illegible]'s [over?] the mass of learning which that volume unfolds, "the gl[illegible]ing of a quiet eye", and the wise commentary which is so eminently your [own?]. I wish I could send you the most precious offering in the world as a tribute of admiration and respect. I can only offer a humble gift. It chances that I have [illegible] s[illegible] a copy of an essay in [illegible], written years ago, a study of delight to me, and [illegible] in which abundant opportunity was offered for consideration of fine issues, such as, where reverently approached, though expressed in different terms, have a solemnity not dissimilar to the spirit of the mountains and the forest. it is my hope that this may give you an hour's pleasure, and I [illegible] you to accept it with messages of affection.

I am

very sincerely yours

Alden Sampson.



Los Angeles

Date Original

1903 Mar 28


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 13, Image 0344

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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