Bradford Leavitt


John Muir



attempts to "entertain" you. Am I presuming too much to ask you to my house when you have old friends homes open to you always? I fear so: still I do it. Perhaps you will come and honor our [house?].

I am very respectfully

Bradford Leavitt

3216 Jackson Street.


Sept. 18 1901.

My dear Mr. Muir: -

It was kind of you to send me the "Atlantic" with your article on the forests of Yosemite. I read it with great interest, especially the last two pages where you speak of Emerson. I became enthusiastic over that part and read it aloud to some friends the other day. It had the breath of the woods in it, and the very spirit of the great trees singing through it. You will



as good as Conways or better. Title "The Highest Andes" by Fitzgerald; Scribners. It is recently published. You said you might sometimes come to meetings if you did not have to speak. Now the Unitarian Club is to have a meeting with supper and four or five speakers on the evening of the 30th September. I should deem it a great honor and pleasure if you would come to the city to my house and attend that meeting and I can promise you will not be called upon for an address. You shall have a room overlooking the trees of the Presdidio and the waters of the Gate and the mountains beyond. You shall be to all intents in the country, away from city noises and away from people. You shall come and go as you like and not be bothered by


not mind my saying that there are few writers I have ever come across whose word sing themselves as now and again yours do. How you make us all want to be there with the giants and away from all the [conventionalities?] and the "carpet dust and unknowable reeks." Being myself Boston born and bred I do think you give the old town pretty hard knocks, but no doubt it is partly deserved. Still all Boston people are not old fogies & too [transcendental?] to love the woods. I have just read Conway's book which you had, you remember, at Mr W[illegible]s. It'd fine is it not? You may remember I referred to another mountain book you did not seem to know; it is very interesting; quite


San Francisco

Date Original

1901 Sep 18


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 28 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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