W. Otto Emerson


W. Otto Emerson


John Muir



April 30th 1901

Mr John Muir

My dear Sir: -

I hardly know how to thank you for the kindly surprise of a copy of your "Maountains of California" It was an act of a man, who I have longed to know, since years ago I began to look for his articles on our grand California mountains, [covered?] with the noble old, colu[ms?] of endless forests. It was to me, in one whos conditions, has not allowed him to commune with the high Seirras, a revelations of unknown beauties. What a well done history you have give to our ball of magic gray feathers cinclus, in his sky high home, of the mountain streams. I have longed year after year, to wander for a season, among thoes high range's of forests, the better to know them, in color and forme, as the true artist soul feels, all there beaittie as thay set on thoes mighty slopes of granit gray,


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surounded by snow robed peaks, who are the last, to be kiss't asleep by the sun's lowering rays.
I will have to put up with what others say in pictured words of their grandure and allows the mind to build them into form and color. Mr Muir, if you could ever fine any spare time, while in Oakland at any time to spare a run, out to Haywards by the Electric Cars, we are only four blocks from them at Bridge St. Remember the latch string - will always hang on the outside for you.
I am living here, with an only dear old Mother and should be glad to show you a few birds or sketches and studies, done in many moods of natures color and shadows. I mail you a copy of the first No I of the "Cooper Ornithological Club. with a sketch of Dr. J G Cooper's life, one of the first ornithologists of the west coast. No doubt you have often meet him at the Academy of Sciences. in S.F. Thanking you a thousand times, for the peasure of your book of mountain scene's.

yours truly

W. Otto Emerson


Haywards. Calif.

Date Original

1901 Apr 30


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

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Reel 11, Image 0703

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

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



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