Cha[rle]s Warren Stoddard


John Muir



I can fasten it in my copy of your glorious book [and?] place that book in my Holy of Holies along with my priceless Author's copies - it should have been placed there long ago for there, and only there it truly belongs.


Island Hights.

New Jersey.

7 - July - '01.

Dear John Muir,

Did you know I was alive all this time? Or, didn't it matter? I have just heard of my death from friends in Hawaii.



It seems I died last summer; but nobody told me of it until just now; That isn't why I am writing to you now. "Hark, from [the?] Tombs!" No: I write because I have thought of you very


often during all these silent years; [and?] have as often thought of writing. I want a line from you, please, dear forester of that most dear Martinez. I want a line or a slip of paper so that


have gone before me, with what patience I may. I wish I might have a photograph of you - with autograph - but I will beg no more. God bless you, dear old friend.

Ever affectionately yours

Chas Warren Stoddard.


The Bungalow

300 - M St - N. W.

Washington D. C.,


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I have tracked you as well as I could all through these years. Have pictured you as leading the [gentlest?] of lives, with the happiest environment. Domesticated in the sweetest wilderness in California -



- I hope it is still a wilderness, or near one. I have been blown about rather unceremoniously for years and years: I seem to have [struck?] root, after a fashion, for I have been here twelve long


years in my Class Room (Eng Lit) in the Catholic University at Washington, D.C., and God knows if I shall ever escape alive. I follow slowly, but surely, in the invisible foot-steps of those who


Island Hights, N. J.

Date Original

1901 Jul 7


Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm.

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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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