John Muir


[John Muir]


Eldred J. D. Hercus



[First draft of letter, in note-book]

Martinez. Feb. 15, '05.

Mr. Eldred J.D.Hercus,

Dear Mr. Hercus:

I have often thought of you since our first pleasant meeting on the Red Sea steamer, especially during my long rambles through the beautiful and novel scenery of New Zealand.
I have not yet written a word of my travels for publication, but hope I shall find time ere long to write a book, or at least a few magazine articles on the most interesting things I have seen, and I hope also to see something of South America before my long rambles are brought to a close.
Heartily wishing you and your wife success in your good work, and hoping that you will make me a visit should you ever come to California, I am,

Faithfully yours,

[John Muir]

P.S. By to-day's mail I send you a copy of "The Mountains of California."


[Martinez, Calif.]


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 17 cm.

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