John Muir


John Muir


[Warren] Olney


Mr Warren Olney, Sen. (Attorney at law)

101 Sansome St., San Francisco.

Dear Mr Olney

I have read your "Sixty Years" & wished it far longer. Why not fill up this outline sketch into the book it so vividly & strikingly suggests, taking pains to give it literary & artistic form? In talks with you years ago I was convinced that you could write such a book, & that in the hands of a good publisher it would be in every way successful, a great satisfaction to yourself, family & friends, & to thousands of readers who never heard of you. Go ahead! An hour a day of dogged work for a year or two would do it. Enterprizing writers, with less than half your taste & skill & less than a tenth part of your material, have made readable successful



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books of this sort because there is a right natural hungry call for them now that the rich picturesque foundational pioneer days of our great country the greatest in the world with all its pathos & romance is passing into dim foggy history. Up & at it. The letter you wrote me a month or two ago on the Sequoia Parks I sent with a few words of my own to Johnson, & he in turn forwarded them direct to the President, who replied in a personal letter which was in every way encouraging to the tree lovers & trees, & discouraging to their enemies.

Faithfully yours


[Martinez, Calif.]

Circa Date

[1902 Nov]


Original letter dimensions: 21.5 x 16.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 12, Image 0838

Collection Identifier

Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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