John Muir


John Muir


Clara Barrus


[Page 1] br> Martinez, Cal., April 14, 1910br> Miss Clara Barrusbr> State Hospital br> Middletown NYbr> Dear Miss Barrus;-br> I thank you for your long cordial letter. I have been very busy, almost stupidly so, of late, else I would have answered sooner. I have just got completed a rambling sketch of my first summer in the Sierra, some of which may prove to be worth> Glad you are taking an interest in the National> I have heard from both Mr. Browne and Oom John, both busy and happy as usual. br> I sympathize with you in your efforts to shake off the dust of the hospital and build a place of your own in the woods. Keep this thing in view and you will surely succeed ere long. br> I shall look forward with pleasure to reading your article in the Century this> As to the geological story you refer to, I was at Independence Lake, not far from Truckee, in the Sierra. A man whose name I have forgotten kept a tavern there for the accommodation of visitors who went to the lake to fish for trout. He asked me one day how that lake was made. I told him that it was a glacier lake, the basin of which had been

"[Page 2]br> Miss Clara Barrus -2-br> Excavated by a glacier which descended from the summit of the range. He replied, “Well, it’s no use talkin’, this place has all been hev up, or sunk, or somethin’.”br> With my kindest regards to Mrs. Ashley and Mr. Burroughs when you next see them, believe me,br> Ever faithfully yours,br> John Muir"


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1910 Apr 14


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

MSS 307 Muiriana

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