John Muir


John Muir


John Burroughs


(Original letter in possession of Dr. Clara Barrus)Martinez, Sept. 23, 1909Dear John Burroughs:I'm very glad to hear from you that you are in good sound health after your long varied wanderings and that you have a canyon article done and a Yosemite nearly done. I haven't the slightest objection to your using any of the pictures taken on our trips. On the contrary will be proud to appear in your company and work. All my travels with you were pleasure and I heartily thank you for so fine a visit. I only regret you were so pressed for time you could not let me show you the Sequoias and the headwaters, forests, meadows, and glaciers of the Merced and Tuolumne. Still you saw far more than tourists. You make a great mistake, however, in fancying first views of Yosemite are best --the later ones "commonplace". On the contrary, the last are most impressive, at least to me. Yosemite commonplace because one has learned something about it! Why Johnnie, Johnnie, Johnnie! You must come again and get rid of such atheism.I feel very lonesome now my friend Harriman is gone. At first rather repelled, I at last learned to love him.Roosevelt away too -- the whole country seems lonesome. But Roosevelt will soon be back and I trust has many useful fertile years for his country and friends. I have done no literary work worth mention since returning from the mountains. Ketch Hetchy fight is still on. You should try to help us in this preservation work. Faithfully [and] admiringly your friend, John Muir04593


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1909 Sep 23


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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File Identifier

Reel 18, Image 0764

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