THE FARMERS AND MECHANICS SAVINGS BANK OF MINNEAPOLIS115 FOURTH STREET SOUTHJOHN DELAITTRE, PresidentO.C. WYMAN .Vice Pres &Asst. Treas.T.B.JANNEY, 2nd Vice PresN.F.HAWLEY Secy &Treasurer<>brF.P.GARCKEN, Asst Secy.G.H.RICHARDS, 2nd Asst .Treas.F.P.LEONARD. 3rd Asst. Treas.CLAUDE B.LEONARD, CounselTRUSTEES:H.C.AKELEY JOHN CROSBY JOHN DELAITTRE N.F.HAWLEY T.B.JANNEYC S.LANGDON E.H.MOULTON WM.G.NORTHUP ALFRED F.PILLSBURY JOHN WASHBURNO.C WYMANMINNEAPOLIS, MINN.Jan.10,1910.Mr. John Muir,Martinez, Cal.My dear Mr. Muir:-Pardon me for addressing you. I have read and am now re-reading your book, "National Reserves". I cannot express to you the delight I take in reading it and indeed I wish I. knew as much as you do. Where did you learn all of the names of the California flowers? "May your tribe increase"; but I am sure there will never "be another John Muir like you . You have no conception of the delight I have taken in your book. When you have read a little further you will know the reason why. At the age of twenty or thereabouts I landed in San Francisco Nov. 1852 and went immediately to Murphy's Camp in Calaveras County, You know every inch of the ground there well. I lived there thirteen and one-half years. Knew well for many years Dow, the hunter and first discoverer of the big trees, and two weeks after his discovery, together with him, made one of a party of eight who, after hunting two days, found them and slept one night beneath the "Father of the Forest'.' I knew well Capt. Hanford, who, with some friends who furnished capital, cut down the big tree, shipped 60 feet of the bark and exhibited it on Broadway, N Y. James L. Sperry, proprietor of the Sperry Hotel, both at Murphy's and at Big Tree Grove, was my imtimate friend and doubtless you knew him well, I am not sure but I have an indistinct recollection that John Muir visited the Grove while I was in Murphy's; but be all this as it may, you can readily see how I am charmed with your book.04579 Mr. John Muir. 2.At the close of the Civil war I left Murphy's and have since lived in this city. This spring if it is possible, I am bound to go into the Yosemite Valley and also revisit my old home in Murphy's. Should I pass through Martinez, I have an idea I would like to stop off for an hour and exchange greetings with you.Indeed you are doing in your books a wonderful work. Your descriptions of Mt. Shasta, Yellow Stone Park and many places in the State of Washington which I have visited are simply grand.Considering that I am a stranger to you, I will make this communication brief.Wishing you a happy new year, long life and many more trips with "Brownie" through the Grand Sierras and with sincere regards, I am,Yours sincerely,[Illegible]04679
1910 Jan 10
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DeLaittre, John, "Letter from John DeLaittre to John Muir, 1910 Jan 10." (1910). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 4916.
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