N. D. Stebbins
the precinct of Montecito. We have no PO in this precinct. I am not strong enough to ramble about much. I wished for your opinion last summer while I was visiting some of the canons in the upper part of S.B. Valley. It is said there are no evidences of the action of glaciers below Monterey in this State. I imagined I saw something that looked like it in New Annie Canon. [illegible] [illegible] Ranch — I would be delighted to see you and learn more of your adventures & [illegible] in what we both feel so enthusiastically about & [illegible] [illegible] of it – if we are called Mountaineers. I have often longed to be with you. How much I wished to be with you when at Alaska – I am nearly an old 79 [illegible]. It is hard work for me to give up the struggle. [illegible] [illegible]. I don’t know now when I shall visit San Francisco
[in margin: I may this fall or early winter Wehenever I do I hope to see you. Give my warmest [regards?] to Mrs. Muir Yours truly N.D. Stebbing]
Santa Barbara Cal. June 21/80
My dear friend John Muir
Today I was more than pleased to have a letter put into my hands which had your autograph attached to it. Some weeks since at one of my calls on a lady friend nearby in conversation your name came up. They said the lady I saw a notice in a ‘paper’ that Mr. Muir was married. That opened my [illegible]. I [illegible] you saying that you loved the mountains & you believed that they loved you. The question arose in my mind [illegible] he got [illegible] from his old loves? I’ll see had wrote to Mr Carr & enquired about your whereabouts - & status! Only a few days [since?] I received an answer confirming the news – glorious news too I intended before this to have written to you &
congratulated you on your “second sober though” & found one in whom you could love fervently and at the same time know that it was fully appreciated. Nothing like lovely intelligence – don’t you think so? May it last till ripe old age & your ‘[illegible]’ be full of [illegible[ [illegible] and what a blessing! I want to say I have been interested in [reading?] your letters from Alaska published in the Bulletin especially your account of the glaciers & the trip with the great clergy & criticism on their [illegible] [illegible] I have seen some of your articles in previous magazines but I have not seen your book [on Mountain?] St[illegible] – glacier [illegible] [illegible] [illegible]. When will that make its appearance? Your letter to me was put into my hands by a friend at common
school & S. School [illegible]. He brought it to me from the [illegible] There was present Mrs. Otis. A. [illegible] Otis. Her husband was formerly publisher at the S.B. [illegible]. He is now engaged for a Seal Co.(?) in Alask. It may be you have seen him as he was in Alaska last summer. I let Mrs Otis look over your letter. She was pleased with it and remarked she would like to write to you – but felt a little de[illegible] about it. She has a fine cultivated mind. A poet. writes for Eastern journals - & some in Cala a lovely character. In many respects like our friend Mrs Carr. I told her after tomorrow she might address you as soon as she pleased, for to night I would write to you & introduce her to you as my friend. I am living some three miles from the Post office in
Santa Barbara, Cala.
1880 June 21
Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 25.5 cm.
Stebbins, N. D., "Letter from N. D. Stebbins to John Muir, 1880 June 21." (1880). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 560.
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