Creator

John Muir

Creator

John Muir

Recipient

Mrs. W. Taylor Douglas

Transcription

[First draft of letter, in note-book#59] (36)

Mrs. W. Taylor Douglas,.[Jan.'02].

Dear Madam:

I thank you for the kind words you send about the wildness on the Atlantic, I would gladly assist you in choosing a home between the mountains and the sea where fruit is abundant, the seasons well marked, and good schools. But this is not easy. You would have to go far N. of S. F. along the coast to find anything like a good sound winter, even as far as Alaska. N. of Cape Mendocino the weather of the winter months is mostly rainy, with scarce a hint of snow until well on toward Fort Wrangel or Sitka. And fruit nowhere does well on the immediate sea coast. There are many charming home valleys a short dist[ance] from the sea S. of S. F. also, and around the bay of S.F. and its branches, and S. ward. I can see the ships on a branch of the bay from my study windows 2 miles distant, let lemons and oranges, figs, grapes, apples, peaches, etc. of finest kind grow in generous abundance. Perhaps you might find some useful hints in my books, "The Mountains of California the Cent[ury] Co., and "Our National Parks," H[oughton] M[ifflin] Co. But in this state of a thousand climates, with every variety of soil and scenery, savagery and civilization, you must come and choose for yourself.

Regretting I can't give a more satisfactory reply,I am,

Very truly yours,
J.M.02890

Location

[Martinez, Calif]

Source

Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

Resource Identifier

muir12_0135-trans.tif

File Identifier

Reel 12, Image 0135

Copyright Statement

The unpublished works of John Muir are copyrighted by the Muir-Hanna Trust. To purchase copies of images and/or obtain permission to publish or exhibit them, see http://www.pacific.edu/Library/Find/Holt-Atherton-Special-Collections/Fees-and-Forms-.html

Owning Institution

University of the Pacific Library Holt-Atherton Special Collections. Please contact this institution directly to obtain copies of the images or permission to publish or use them beyond educational purposes.

Copyright Holder

Muir-Hanna Trust

Copyright Date

1984

Pages

1 page

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