Helen S. Wright


Helen S. Wright


John Muir



San Jose, Cal.,

May 1, 1895

Dear Mr. Muir,

I find genuine pleasure in your book, which you so kindly sent me. I had not yet seen it, though I had been quick to notice its coming from the press.
It makes one feel that the Douglas Squirrel, the Water-Ouzel, the wild sheep, and all the other living things you describe, are his very friends as well as yours.
The breath of the wild, free mountains is in it,


as doubtless many have told you.
I am glad to see that the illustrations preserve the distinctive characteristics of the thing they represent. I remember how you worked for that.
When will you come to San Jose and talk to our school about something? I want this "generation" of students to know your work and you.
Hoping that this is but the beginning of what you will give

us out of the full treasury of charming things which are yours and yours alone.

I remain

Yours very sincerely,

Helen S. Wright.


San Jose [Calif]

Date Original

1895 May 01


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 27 cm.

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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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