John Muir


John Muir


Mrs. W. Taylor Douglas


[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,


[Martinez, Calif]


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

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