Helen Fitzgerald Sanders
5[illegible] North Henry AvButte, MontanaFebruary 7 1911Mr. John Muir,Los Angeles, CaliforniaMy dear Mr Muir:Your letter came as a delightful surprise to me and I wish you might know how deeply I appreciate your kind words concerning my book. "Trails Through Western Woods." The critics have been generous in their praise of this, my first volume and I am grateful to them all,04956but no book review I have received is as gratifying to me as your letter.I did not know that you had visited Lake McDonald in your wanderings and I am glad if my descriptions have revivified your recollections of that most glorious country.As for me, I find myself strangely devoted to the lake and its surrounding mountains; so much so that the lure of it calls me
back year after year.Last summer I went with a pack outfit to the Great St Mary's lakes and the Blackfoot glacier, thence over Gunsight Pass to Lake McDonald. It was a wonderful experience. Nowhere have I found the mountains so sublime and grandest of all the peaks was Going-to-the-Sun.This summer I hope to explore the Swift Current and Belly Run countries where there are beautiful hanging glaciers and a lake filled with ice [bergs?] during the warm season.If you would care to have them I shall send you some pictures of the St Mary's country which I took on my last trip.I was much interested in the information you gave me concerning the exquisite little [turie?]-flower. It is truly a [illegible] presence in the woods between McDonald and Avalanche.Before concluding I wish to tell you
what an inspiration your own wonderful work has been to me. I read and re-read your beautiful revelations of the mountains and find fresh joy in them always.After you have read my book through may I hope to hear from you again?With unfailing gratitude for your kind words I am faithfully yoursHelen Fitzgerald Saunders04956
1911 Feb 7
Original letter dimensions: 16.5 x 24.5 cm.
Sanders, Helen Fitzgerald, "Letter from Helen Fitzgerald Sanders to John Muir, 1911 Feb 7." (1911). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6010.
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