Mary V. Worstell
never dimmed. I am a self-supporting woman and the journey West was for recreation only. I made no plans to turn the journey into profit beyond telling myself to keep eyes and heart open. On my return I chanced to attend a very poor lecture. At its close a friend said to me "You could do better than that!" - a sorry compliment! But the thought took root - and now I derive considerableaddition to my usual income from
Mr. John Muir.
My dear Mr. Muir:
If community of admirations makes strangers into friends, we should be friends of almost four years' standing. In the summer of '97 it was my privilege to look upon the majesty of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and there came into my life a glory which has
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my lectures. In the summer of '98 I returned to the Yosemite Valley - happy as a queen! I secured many photographs which I use in my lectures. Since then I have added lectures on the Yellowstone and the big Arizona Canon [diacritic].
The Yosemite is clearly the favorite with my audiences, and naturally, for I love the Happy Valley better than any other place in the world. And the great forests that hem it in make a fitting prelude for the mighty fugue that the mountains sing.
And now - I am doing what I never have done before - I am writing to thank an author for having written a book. I recently said to a well known New Yorker "I feel that I owe John Muir more gratitude than I can express, for in his 'National Parks' he has accomplished what I have tried to do - he has brought the glory and grandeur and
and the "Century" I know well. Is it any wonder that I sign myself
Truly and gratefully
Mary V. Worstell.
I have the Sierra fever regularly every Spring - and your article in the Century on King's River Canon [diacritic] has made me think of a possible destination this coming season. Will you tell me - very briefly - if there is
spirit of the Sierra Nevada mountains and valleys to everyone."
I have read the book to myself and I have read it aloud besides sharing it freely with my friends. Your "Mountains of California" is also one of my familiar friends, and your magazine articles in the "Atlantic"
a stage-line from Visalia to the Canon [diacritic] - and if there are any accommodations for travelers in the valley - or must one procure a Camping-outfit?
Original letter dimensions: 17.5 x 22.5 cm.
Worstell, Mary V., "Letter from Mary V. Worstell to John Muir, [ca. 1901]." (1901). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4544.
Reel 11, Image 1132
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