Charles E. Chapman
Jan 27 1908.
Mr. John Muir,
I am reading your book "Our National Parks." The tone of it leads me to believe, that you will give me information, so that I, too, may climb the mountains of Yosemite.
The facts of my case are as follows. I am obliged to go East this summer and probably will not return. I feel that it would be sacrilege to leave California without having seen something of Yosemite and the big trees. For this purpose, I have at the most two weeks time (say early in July) and about $150 for my wife and myself. My wife and I are both 27, and as strong and healthy as we well could be. Mountain climbing is my great passion, and she has shown herself fully able to keep up with me. For example, she walked with me to Mt Hamilton and back from San Jose, stopping overnight at
the Santa Ysabel Hotel. What I wished is, that you suggest a trip that would cover the grandest features at the least expense, or that you refer me to books and pamphlets giving facts with regard to timetables and routes, sleeping accomodations and expense. It is unfortunate that on such a trip one must count the cost. But even in our most glorious flights we must, at least, start from a mundane sphere. I wished to get a day in the most famous big tree section - whether that is Calaveras or Mariposa County, or in the Park itself. I also was struck with the idea of climbing your Glacial Monument and the view from Mt [Pana?].
It would render me a great service if you could find a moment to advise me out of the store of your knowledge. Remember, I am not looking for mountain climbing of the parlour variety. My wife and I are eager for the real experience.
Very truly yuors,
Charles E. Chapman,
1908 Jan 27
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.
Chapman, Charles E., "Letter from Charles E. Chapman to John Muir, 1908 Jan 27." (1908). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 5254.
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