Peter L. Trout
Jany 23d 1907
Hotel St John, San Jose- Cal
Dear John Muir.
I send the first part of my experiences and would ask you to look over it: and tell one what you think about it. Do not hesitate to tell me that it is a failure if you think so. I have not made up my mind what I will do with it, or whether I will do anything with it, but will get it into shape as I need something to occupy my time. There is a man in Seattle who intends to start [an?] Alask Magazine and he has all the clippings as they appeared in the Nome nugget last winter; and wants to publish them as a [illegible]erial [study?]. He says that the first number will be out about the first of March, but I think it doubtful if it will be out so soon. What I send you is very different from what appeared in print.
I wrote to William S[illegible]y after I had seen you and told him that I was going back to Chicago; and would be there in a month; and was going straight to see my wife and family. I got a letter from him about a week ago telling me I had better go around by Texas and call on his son Walter and then go to Florida and see Edward and then New York where he was sure that my eldest son would be glad to see me. I could then call at Buffalo, Torento , Meaford, Detroit, and Milwaukee, but by all means stay away from Chicago. He said that my wife has long passed herself off as a widow and it would make a terrible sensation if I should show up alive. He and his daughter went to see her New year's day, and she stormed around in a frightful manner when he told her I was coming and said that it would never do that I must not come back it would ruin everything [illegible]
William promised her that I would not call on her without an invitation. I answered William's letter and told him that I was going straight there - That I was not going to make an Enoch Arden of myself, and I was not a coward and would go and see her and the children let the consequences be what they may.
This letter had a bad effect on my health but I am getting around all right but am somewhat undecided what I shall do. These last few days I have been feeling splendid- much better than I have been for months
I have been climbing mountains lately, and think that after a while I shall go and see the Yosemite.
Yours very truly
Peter L Trout.
San Jose, Calif.
1907 Jan 23
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Trout, Peter L., "Letter from Peter L. Trout to John Muir, 1907 Jan 23." (1907). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 3637.
Reel 16, Image 0583
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