John Muir


John Muir


J. E. Calkins


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Mr. J. E. Calkins

Davenport, Iowa

My dr Sir,

I am very wary that I have missed a letter from you good lover of Gods wildness now far from common akin in those days of nature books nature study and animal [ ] [ ] I sorely regret missing you. When your kind letter [ ] was written March 29 I was in Australia and did not get home until the end of June and it was some days later before I found your letter in the big [ ] of books, pamphlets [ ] [ ] [ ] But you must come again. Editors should take a good living rest every year a complete rest especially after long continuous overwork has resulted in nervous prostration. None of your observations on the country climates conditions of living etc in long letters to the Democrat, agree [ ] overwork from prostration particularly in those [] come with your wife to the Sierra and rest under a Sequoia or sugar pine.

When real (unreal) estate agents make one dizzy with their confounded “mean temperature” come to my house and make it your headquarters and home & I’ll show you it is done. If you come by the Santa Fe get off

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I have already met Mayor Chittendon, Mr R B Marshall & Mr. Frank Board yesterday in S F and considered with the revision of the Yo Park boundaries. In gen I am opposed to changes that would diminish the area of the park. It should rather be increased. A small portion of the S. W. cor where a few mines are located might be cut off provided this would not result in making easy and sure the destruction of the forest. on patented lands there about if practicable the private claims in the sugar pines region should be taken up by government at fair price, or condemned."


Davenport, Iowa

Circa Date



Original letter dimensions: 27 x 18 cm.

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File Identifier

MSS 301 Shone

Collection Identifier

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

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2 pages


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



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