Sep 22 1895
Mr. John Muir
My Esteemed Friend,
I have received your very kind favor "The Mountains of California" and prize it very highly. I was not aware when I told you that I would like a copy of your book that it was an edition on the market for sale etc. but thought it was one of your pamphlet essays that was distributed by one of your clubs. However, I now find it to be a very mature and conscientious child of your own mind, placed in the book stalls of the world on its merits so far as I have read I find
it a very strong [pure?] book and this is the sort of literature which the public now demand. The public taste on every side is now for reading that is decent and elevating, as opposed to the erotic and perverted tide of dubious trash of recent years. By way of courteous reciprocity, I take pleasure in showing your book to our travelers and even so far four of them have taken the address of the pubishers to get a copy of it. I am very much pleased with your gift, and I know it will do me much permanent good, and I feel that the world will be made brighter and happier by this offspring of your pen--as it is beautifully seasoned throughout with your own personality.
Most cordially yours
R. A. Fitzgerald
Yosemite Valley, Cal
1895 Sep 22
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Fitzgerald, R. A., "Letter from R.A.Fitzgerald to John Muir, 1895 Sep 22." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3141.
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