John Burroughs


John Burroughs


John Muir


[1]West Park N.Y.Sept 3rd 1909Dear John Muir,I suppose you are back home long ere this from your camping trip to your beloved mountains, I hope you had a good time. Would I could have made it with you - hope I may sometime - if not in the California Sierras then in the sierras of paradise, I have been in fine health since my return but rather idle & discontented.04574[2]Such a trip to such lands & people as we saw & met rather take the taste out of ones mouth for the home country & people. I expect it will be several months yet before I can again fell at ease in my old shoes, I have not the little Doctor to write my letters for me & spur me up,& that is a great loss. My hand is stiff & I write with difficulty, [else?] I should have written you before & tried to thank you for all your kindness to us. You contributed greatly to the success of our trip, & I know the "fun" you had out of04574 [3]me was a very inadequate return. But we shall treasure it all in our hearts & appreciate you with some of the great moments of our lives. The Doctor is bent on writing the trip up in a series of letters, but I am discouraging her, because I fear she will not take time enough to do it well. She is [illegible] eager to get into print she is a fine spirit, but precipitate & rash, & has not yet learned to work over her stuff as you & I do.I have sent off my paper on the Grand Canyon to the Century04574[4]& have nearly finished a short sketch of Yosemite, Don't wrinkle your nose now, I am only trying to give my readers the impression these grand scenes made upon me. I have at least one advantage over you in the matter; these scenes have become almost common places to you, while we saw them with fresh wandering eyes. If the Century sees my sketches they may want some pictures of you & me. I trust you have no objection. Those that took of us04574 [5]that Sunday in Yosemite, are good. I suppose he sent you some. I have three. Are you making headway with your writing? I hope so. The world wants all that harvest of yours thrashed out - & made up into crisp sweet loaves, such as you know how to make.I salute you in love & comradaeship.John Burroughs04574


West Park, N. Y.


Original letter dimensions: 20.5 x 13 cm.

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