May 18. 1896
My dear Mr Muir.
I have not answered your kind letter of the 27'ult before, because I I have been trying to figure out how one of us could accept your kind invitation to visit Alaska with you but can't.
This Company is assignee of a lot of busted concerns and Frank as trust officer has to attend to such business and as that business is larger these times than usual it is impossible for him to get away. General business is so poor that I am compelled to stay and watch & nurse it.
The trip you describe is the one of all others I should like to take and it was real kind in you to give us the opportunity, one that I have been hoping for, and now that it has come we are both so situated that it is impossible to
avail ourselves of it. But Muir I am goin to back the business claims and get out for I havent many more years to live. I have worked hard enough and want to enjoy the short time left in travel & study. One of my greatest wishes is to be allowed to spend a little of that time in wandering with you through the grand mountains and caonns of our western coast: and as you & I are both going down this sunset slope of our lives. I realize that if I have to pleasure of your company I must hurry up. I dont know what kind of canons we are going to find in the "great beyond"
With many thanks from both Frank and myself and many kind regards to your family in which Mrs Sellers joins
Your sincere friend
A H Sellers
Mrs Sellers has just come in & read this letter which she says is all wrong - that she accepts your invitation & wants to go, but I tell her she must stay at home and take care of the "old man"
1896 May 18
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Sellers, A. H., "Letter from A.H. Sellers to John Muir, 1896 May 18." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 37.
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