[Theodore P.] Lukens
Thanking mo for 150 Photos Others previous to this are lost
Sierra Nevada & San Gabriel Mts
Martinez, Oct. 18, 1895
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My dear Mr Lukens,
Your kind letter & generous package of photographs arrived safely & have thus placed me deeper than ever in your debt. I knew that north Tuolumne country in a general way--knew that its glacial phenomena were on a grand scale & especially heavy but the details you give me in the pictures & letter are very interesting & make me wish I had played truant a week or two longer & gone with you. Anyhow I'm going to Pasadena to hear your story unless you come here soon. I was afraid the little rain we had in the lowlands might work you harm in the mountains as a violent storm though on the other hand I felt pretty confident in your mountain craft for all storms are kindly when
The game picture is a good one with the bear & deer but the best of it is yourself in the old canvas hat, recalling our long rides together in Sierra comfort & exhileration. Those photos are much clearer than the first though I suppose they would have been still better had they been given shorter exposure as you say.
Those San Gabriel views bring back my weeks scramble in the flowery chaparral 20 years ago Maggie is now with us & she showed me, the other day, a fine set of pictures of your home the grandchildren etc. But I'll write no more. You come right up here or I'll go right down. I'll only say thank you, I hope you found your wife & children well, & that I am
ever cordially yours John Muir
1895 Oct 18
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Muir, John, "Letter from John Muir to [Theodore P.] Lukens, 1895 Oct 18." (1895). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3158.
Reel 08, Image 1255
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