John S. Gray
Nov 21st 1902
My Dear Mr. Muir
I recently read your article on the Grand Canon [diacritic] of the Colorado and am prompted thereby to write you, expressive of my appreciation of your description of that wonderful scene. I am free to confess that I never read a descriptive article before, that compares with it, not even in Walter Scott's writings which I have always considered unequalled in that line= But yours excells everything- so that I hardly knew which to admire most- the grandeurs of the subject or the masterly way in which it is pictured to the reader. It is certainly a prose poem of the highest order. and I hope you will be long spared to enrich the public with such productions = & that at least you will be able to finish the books you had under consideration when we were with you last spring. This description of the Grand Canon [diacritic] has an added interest to us, in as much as you were working on it when we were there, and we interrupted you a great deal in your work= I wonder how you all are in the Alhambra Valley- Mrs. Muir was in poor health. I trust the summer has been the means of improving it- and that Helen and Wanda were off on a tour with you as they were a year ago and that they, and you, had close contact with nature in her grandest scenes- I noticed your discovery of a hitherto unknown group of Sequoia Gigantica which overtops all previous known specimens- What a wonderful country that is. David I suppose has been fighting the pest of his
vines, and extending the area of resi[illegible]ent vines as you all must do to overcome that serious trouble- I trust he and his are well and that Mrs. Reid is stronger than when we saw her last as she came out to wave us farewell from their porch, as we past over the viaduct = Mrs. Galloway too I trust is well. Please remember us to all the friends with our kindest regards. Mrs. Galloway will be interested to known that Mrs. Sanderson - Isabella- has sold off her household effects closed her house, and yesterday left us to go to spend the winter with her daughter Grace who is settled in East Orange near New York- I felt very unwilling to have her go, but know that it is better for her- My own family is much as usual in health and prosperity- I lately turned over my factory to a large company and resigned its entire management to my sons Paul & David- so that I am now out of active business, and only retain an office in the bank to attend to my personal affairs and to give an hour or two a day to the bank- Otherwise I might be "looking for a job" We have spent about half of our time since our return from the west on our country place, but now that cold weather is coming will be shut out of that, & may have to think of migrating to a warmer climate. With kind regards and best wishes for you and yours believe me
Ever Yours Sincerely
John S. Gray
P.S. David Gray of Buffalo-my nephew as you will see writes occasional light stories for the Century and has gone to Manilla & Japan partly for his health and partly for material for future work- the wrong places to look for his kind of subjects I should think- horses being at a discount there.
1902 Nov 21
Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.
Gray, John S., "Letter from John S. Gray to John Muir, 1902 Nov 21." (1902). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4781.
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