Mrs. Richard Swain
259 B Bluff,
August 24th, 1900.
Mr. John Muir,
More than twenty years ago, when I was at my mountain home in Siskiyou Co., California, I read a short sketch of your own, in which you pictured the sense delight of listening to the wind with its many voices sweeping through the pines. That article made a life-long impression on me, and shaped an inner perception for the wonders of Nature which has gladdened my entire life since -- a very busy life, with many changes of scene. It has always seemed to me that I must some time thank you.
Once, visiting at the home of governor Bidwell in Chico, California, I saw the sketches and your autograph that told of your most interesting visit to the glaciers of Mt. Shasta. Several times since I have read the story. This morning A read your "Field Gardens of the Yosemite Park" and hence this intrusion upon your time and attention Often while wandering among the hills of Japan I have wished that John Muir might see and listen here and say what this strange island scenery means. It has become the tramping ground of the tourist, but no one sees or hears it aright yet, to my mind.
Pardon this intrusion. My husband, a "good American citizen" is master of one of the Japanese Govt. Mail Steamers. He enjoys your articles with me.
With much gratitude for all you have thought, felt, and written, I am,
Yours very truly,
Mrs. Richard Swain
1900 Aug 24
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 22 cm.
Swain, Mrs. Richard, "Letter from Mrs. Richard Swain to John Muir, 1900 Aug 24." (1900). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4300.
Reel 11, Image 0327
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