Alden Sampson


Alden Sampson


John Muir



7 July, 1903

Dear Mr. Muir:

I am sending you a copy of my report on [illegible] R[illegible], re[illegible]. I want you to see what I have said about the bears, p. 19. I thought of you when I wrote it, and many times before and since. When I have seen the l[illegible] [illegible]stillate flowers of the pines, little long, tiny, exquisite, b[illegible], [mothers?] of pines to be. I have thought of you. And now as I am entering the Sierras, more than ever I wish that you were there. All of your wisdom of the woods I [crave?] as my [own?]. My interest in the people of the forest, the deer and squirrels and bears, [ever increases?]. My first act, when I have the b[illegible], shall be wh[illegible] the hunters away from the two or three remaining grizzlies. If they escape this summer I will save them.


I have finished my [illegible]aissance south of T[illegible]; should I give so long a time to [all?] of the Reserve my tour would take five years, but the Southern California hills are of enormous [interest?], and as a matter of fact I could not get about in the Sierras before this time of the year. As it is I doubt if I shall have time to visit the high Sierras I much desire to see them when you are there, therein li[illegible]s half their charm. I shall have a look at the Half [Dome?] on which I put the ropes, which had fallen down, in 1880. I sent you a picture, as exact a reproduction as [illegible] could wish of b[illegible] that [illegible]. (This the [illegible] happens [illegible] here in Switzerland). With all good wishes for your happiness & safe return. I am

Very sincerely yours Alden Sampson


Visalia [Calif.]

Date Original

1903 Jul 7


Original letter dimensions: 25.5 x 20 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 13, Image 0696

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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