A[lexander] W. Drake
[letterhead] New York, Aug 16th 1877.John Muir Esq.. Dear Sir, I have just read your article on “The Humming bird of the California water falls” and am delighted with it. It offers a fine field for illustrations. I write to see if you know of any picture of the bird that has been published and if so if you will please give me the title of the book in which it appeared! Your sketches will be of great use to our article – to work from and if not too much trouble I would like you to make several others of which I send the following [ but?] No 1 One of this bird or birds flying about in the [ spray?][in margin: 00750] 2 [letterhead] 2 Diving in foaming ed[illegible] 3 A view under water of the three Ouzels feeding at bottom of the lake. This will make a novel and striking picture. 4 Ouzels flying under water (this is important.) 5 Ouzel entering a white torrent 5 Ouzel swooping down the incline of cascades. As none of one bird artists here have seen the Ouzel it would be impossible for them to give any idea of how he flies without a sketch to guide them[in margin: 00750]
3 [letterhead]I fear I am asking a great deal of you but will try and make such good cuts of the different subjects that you will feel it has not been in vain. Your sketches need not be finished but [illegible] [diagrams?] to guide our men in pulling on the wood. I can send you sketches in most cases I think of the subject we draw so that there will be no mistakes. Hoping that you may be able to find time to draw these I [illegible] Yours Truly A.W. Drake.[in margin: I enclose a copy of [portion?] of [illegible] thinking you might need it for sketching.][in margin: 00750]
1877 Aug 16
Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 14 cm.
Drake, Alexander W., "Letter from A[lexander] W. Drake to John Muir, 1877 Aug 16." (1877). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 372.
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