Lyman Abbott


Lyman Abbott


John Muir


E. The Outlook Company
287 Fourth Avenue
New York

December 7, 1904.

My dear Mr. Muir:

The Outlook publishes in the early summer of each year what we call a Recreation Number, the object of it being to inspire our readers to out-of-door life, and to give them some guidance and instruction how to get that out-of-door life in the best way and with the best advantage. I read your "Our National Parks" last spring, in connection with a call - it was not enough to be entitled a visit - at the Yosemite Valley. It made me long for the privilege which you offered Ralph Waldo Emerson and he declined, but which I fear I shall never have, of spending at least a few hours in the woods with you. I should want it to be weeks.
That is impossible; but I hope it may not be impossible for you to comply with the request of this note, and


The Outlook Company
287 Fourth Avenue
New York


tell our readers something about experiences in the woods. The article might take any form you like - an account of some special experience of your own, a description of some special locality, or an interpretation of any phase of nature, the mountains, the forest, the lake, or the animal creation, for it seems to me - I hope you will pardon my saying this - that you are equally intimate and equally on friendly terms with them all. What took hold of me in your writing was the fact that you pierced behind the veil, and saw yourself, and enabled me to see, something of that infinite, beautiful, divine life of which more and more it seems to me all nature is but the perpetually variable and ever-new expression.
To come to business details, which are necessary, we should like the article to be anywhere from twenty-five hundred to four thousand words in length, as you might prefer, and should send you on receipt of the


The Outlook Company
287 Fourth Avenue
New York


manuscript our cheque for one hundred dollars. If you could furnish or put us in the way of getting any photographs which would fittingly accompany the letter press, we should be very glad.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. John Muir,



New York

Date Original

1904 Dec 07


Original letter dimensions: 24 x 15.5 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 14, Image 0686

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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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