John Muir


John Muir


W[illia]m H. Trout


"To explore, enjoy, end render accessible the mountain regions of the Pacific Coast: to publish authentic information concerning them: to enlist the support and co-operation of the people and the Government in preserving the forests and other natural features of the Sierra Nevada Mountain."


Board of Directors-1911-1912
Mr. John Muir. President .... Martinet
Prof. A. G. McAdie. Vice-President . San Francisco
Prof. J. N. Le Conte. Treasurer . . Berkeley
Mr. William E. Colby. Secretary . . San Francisco
Prof. Wm. F. Bad`e. . . Berkeley
Prof. Vernon L. Kellogg . Stanford University
Vice Prof. E. C. Franklin, resignedProf. W. C. Morgan Berkeley
Mr. E. T. Parsons .... San Francisco
Mr. Willoughby Rodman . . Loa Angeles
Outing Committee
Prof. J. N. Le Conte Mr. E. T. Parsons
' Mr. Wm. E. Colby. Chairman and Manager

Mr. Clair S. Tappaan, ( Los Angeles) Assistant Manager

Honorary Vice-Presidents
Prof. George Davidson San Francisco
Mr. R. U. Johnson . The Century, New York
Pres. David Starr Jordan Stanford University
Gifford Pinchot Washington, D.C.
Committee on Publications

Prof. Wm. F. Bade. Editor Berkeley
Mrs. E. T. Parsons, Book Reviews Berkeley
Prof. J . E. Church, Jr. Mr. Elliott McAllister
Mr. Wm. E. Colby Mr. E. T. Parsons
Miss Anita Gompertz Prof. H.W. Rolfe
Mr. J . S . Hutchinson.Jr.

San Francisco, March 27,1913.

Wm. H. Trout Esq.
Lufkin, Texas.
My Dear Friend Wm. Trout:-

I was delighted to get your long birthday letter. It shows that you have been good that you have, reached your 79th year, still full of interest in the good things of this world and able to enjoy with added knowledge each day's blessings as they arrive. I have been hard at work and am still, on a book on Alaska, pegging away making slow progress. A first volume of autobiography, "My boyhood and youth", has just been published by Houghton, Mifflin & Co. and as soon as it reaches the book stores I will send you a copy, which perhaps you will enjoy as recalling some of the little inventions that I made.
As to that affair of helping to build the church, if I were to comply with all the requests I would not have a dollar left by the end of the week, but anyhow I have no doubt you will visit California again in 1915, and we will settle this at that time. I am in haste to get this letter off, which ought to have been answered before, and will look forward with great pleasure to your visit and we will talk over old memories. With all good wishes, ever your Friend,



San Francisco

Date Original

1913 Mar 27


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 21, Image 0235

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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