John M. Vanderbilt


John Muir




[Silka?] Alaska June 9 1880

My dear Mr. Muir

I have just received your very welcome letter of April 12th & most heartily congratulate you on the very happy event of life in which I am joined by my wife who is here with me, you can hardly realize how happy your letter made us feel and we assure you that we will take advantage of the first opportunity offered to visit you which will probably be next fall or winter. We want very much to meet your wife & it would afford us the greatest pleasure if you can extend your wedding trip to this section where we would entertain you in sailing about the country. The Steamer [illegible] is

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a complete success and have just reached here from our first trip to the chil[illegible] & surrounding country and are very much pleased with what we saw. We will leave here in a couple of days to establish our first trading post at [Hoochinoo?], our next will be established at [Chilcat?] inside of sixty days & others will follow. We were well received by all the Indians who are pleased with our establishing posts in their several counties. We are provided with a customs officer so that we can overhaul & seize foreign expeditions, several had been around previous to our arrival in the [waters?]. Twenty one miners have already gone into the [chilcat?] this month & a missionary has been appointed for that county. About twenty men are mining at [Sehuck?].


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The Missionaries are all well & I know will be happy to hear of your happiness. I expect to be in Wrangel shortly when I will see them all. Now my dear friend it is so kind of you to renew the offer that you made me lst winter of assistance — I have stock in the Co in the name of my wife unpaid for an they have very kindly accommodated me in the way of time and I desire very much to secure it to her – your offer again has my deepest appreciation and I accept your kind offer if you are yet in

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condition to favor me, I have taken the liberty to draw on you for #500 in favor of my friend Mr. W. B. King 10 days sight and if you cannot spare the amount please do not hesitate to say so. I will request him to forward the stock as security or hold the same for you or I will send you my personal note. In any event if I can be of service to you here please do not fail to call on me. My wife & children are perfectly well and are here about to make a trip with me – they join me in sincerest regards & love Sincerely Yours John M. Vanderbilt

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Sitka, Alaska

Date Original

1880 Jun 9


Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 20 cm.

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File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0199

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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