John Muir


John Muir


[A. H.] Sellers



Martinez, Apr 11, 1900.

My dear Sellers,

Sure enough it has been an unconscionably long time without a word between us, though for a month or two I have been expecting to see you here. & when you letter cam I looked eagerly to see whether it was from Chicago or San Francisco. Well I was glad to get it anyhow though I wish the news had been better. Mrs Sellers not well & you still toiling & battling in that confounded big smothering company - on the other hand I'm glad to know that you are in good health & that Frank is all right. Mrs Muir has been pretty well all winter & the two girls are in perfect health. Wanda is at school in Berkeley full of ambition, determined


to go through the University, as for myself I've been half dead all winter with Grippe, bronchitis, & book writing. I haven't seen Keith for four months but I hear from him. He is pa[illegible]ing better than [illegible] & is growing rich & possibly a little wiser. Though the last is desperately doubtful: I ventured as far as Berkey day before yesterday to a big dinner that I could not escape. I met a lot of famous folk & the table it was grand - but nothing compared to a crust of bread & champagne water in the [silver?]-fir woods on the margin of a lily garden, or to the easy friendly dinners I enjoyed at the Michigan Avenue home I'm so [stupid?] & have so many interruptions I make very slow progress with my writing but hope to do better ere long.


When you Guarantee & Trust bonds are broken we must celebrate your freedom in a grand wild excursion on ice or in forests. I fondly hope Mrs Sellers will soon be quite well again. Give my Kindest regards to Frank

Ever truly your friend

John Muir

[canceled envelope, Apr [illegible] 1900]

John Muir

Col. A.H. Sellers

3420 Michigan Ave.

Chicago, Ill.


I'll send some photographs as soon as I get them Nearly 5000 negatives were made, about 150 or 200 really magnificent Have seen proofs but none have been distributed yet.


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1900 Apr 11


Original letter dimensions unknown.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 11, Image 0201

Collection Identifier

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

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see

Owning Institution

Clifton Waller Barrett Library of American Literature, Special Collections, University of Virginia Library . Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date



4 pages


Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.