John Muir


John Muir


[Jeanne C.] Carr



[1877] #31 1419 Taylor St S.F. Sep 3d —————

Dear Mrs Carr.

I have just been over at Alameda with poor dear old Gibbons. You have seen him, & I need give us particulars, “The only thing I’m afraid of John”, he said looking up with his old child face, “is that I shall never be able to climb the Oakland hills again”. But he is so healthy & so well cared for we will be strong to hope that he will. He spoke for an hour with characteristic unselfishness on the injustice done Dr Kellogg in failing to recognize his long continued devotion to receive at the botanical [ love?] fest held here the other night, He threatens to write up the whole discreditable affair, & is very anxious to obtain

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from you a copy of that Gray letter to Kellogg which was not delivered. I had a glorious ramble in the Santa Cruz woods & have found out one very interesting & picturesque fact concerning the growth of this Sequoia. I mean to devote many a long week to its study. What the [illegible] may be I cannot guess, But you know I am never [ sent?] empty away. I made an excursion to the summit of Mt Hamilton in extraordinary style accompanied by Allen, Norton, Bravley &, all the lady professors & their friends A curious contrast to my ordinary [underlined: still] [underlined: hunting]. Spent a week at San Jose, enjoyed my visit with Allen very much. Lectured to the faculty on Methods of study without undergoing any very great scare. I believe I wrote you from

Los Angeles about my Passadena week. Have sent a couple of letters to the Bulletin from there not yet published. I have no [ unflexible?] plans as yet for the remaining months of the season, but Yosemite seems to place itself as a most persistent candidate for my winter I shall soon be in flight to the Sierras or [illegible]. I seem to give up hope of ever seeing your calm again. Dont grind too hard at these Sacramento miles, Remember me to the Doctor & Allie

Ever Yrs Cordially John Muir


S[an] F[rancisco]


Original letter dimensions: 17 x 22.5 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0559

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