Edmond L. Brown
Oct 28th 1902.
John Muir. Esq.
My Dear Sir
Presuming that you will be pleased to hear from one who accompanied you about 1872 on one of your tips from Yosemite Valley to Lake Mons I now yield to inclination I have had every time during the past thirty years I have been reminded of you. Some of these reminders have been magazine articles I have read over your signature. Once I met a relitive of yours on a railroad train between New Haven and New York. Three years ago coming down the Rhine in Europe I
became acquainted with a journalist by the name of Archibald who said he belonged to the science club with you. The Bohemia in San Francisco, which address I shall use in directing this letter. A few days since I chanced to pick up a book in the house of a friend here entitled "The Mountains of California" by John Muir and it reads so much like a diary of the good and instructive time we enjoyed together I felt impelled to drop you a few lines. As you may remember, our party consisted beside yourself of an english tourist by name Mr Oxland,
Mr Bailey, and accountant of the Bank of California and the writer who was the youngest member of the party, (about twenty one years of age). If you can recall a young man extremely enthusiastic, making the mountains and valleys echo with his shouting you will remember me. We had six horses & two pack animals in our train, the two extra horses being for the colored cook, Bennie, and the mexican Immanuel, who took care of our horses. As I recollect it we ascended from the valley close to and just at the right of the Yosemite Falls via. Indian
Canon [diacritic]. En route ascending Mt Lyell Mt Dana or Gibbs (have forgotten which) and others, thence through Bloody Canon [diacritic] to Lake Mons where we nearly lost our lives in a storm at night. I also remember camping near the soda spring the grass our horses ate making them sick. I can still remember the sweeping views we would have from the mountain tops of the country between the Sierras and Coast Range- The San Joaquin River appearing like a ribbon of silver. I can still remember the great rock scars on the sides of the valleys made by the
glaciers years or rather ages before. As I have never been in California since and have never met any one who had made this trip undoubtedly much of the detail has gone from my memory. If some time you should write me a letter addressed to the care of George E Dudley Winsted Conn it would reach me With kindest regards
Yours very truly
Edmond L. Brown.
1902 Oct 28
Original letter dimensions: 22 x 14.5 cm.
Brown, Edmond L., "Letter from Edmond L. Brown to John Muir, 1902 Oct 28." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4761.
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