C. H. Lomax Mitchell
159 Godwin AvenueRidgewood N. J.April 4, 1912My dear Mr. Muir:Out of the deep of 34 or 35 years' time memories are arroused at sight of your portrait published in the N. Y. Times of this date.In 1877 or 1878, I was employed by Genl. John Bidwell, and enjoyed the privilege of going with him and his party to Mt. Shasta and on over to Lassen's Peak country.As I remember you joined the General at Sisson's and remained with his party until its return to Chico.Camp was made at Sisson's for the night. Next day we drove up the mountain, pitching our tents at night far up the slope where the party was joined by Dr. Asa Gray and wife and Sir Jos. Hooker. The other ladies were Mrs. Bidwell and her sister Miss Sallie Kennedy.That trip was an event in my life. Its experiences are still vividly pictured in my mind. Although with the party in the capacity of a servant my relations to it and with those composing it were very pleasant indeed. Genl. Bidwell and his most excellent wife were very kind to me, and I shall ever remember05167them with an affectionate regard. About 11 years ago I learned of the death of Genl. Bidwell, and wrote to his wife, who replied in a beautiful letter; since then I have not heard from her, and do not know if she still lives.I recall with pleasure the occasions when you and I rode side by side through the wilds of that region, and especially the climbing of the Cinder Cone and decent into its craters.It would afford me especial pleasure to meet you again, and would be honored if you will acknowledge receipt of this.On a hazzard I am sending this to the care of Dr. with a request to forwward to you.Hoping to hear from you very soon, I amVery respectfully and sincerely yours,C. H. Lomax Mitchell05167
Ridgewood, N. J.
1912 Apr 4
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 16.5 cm.
Mitchell, C. H. Lomax, "Letter from C. H. Lomax Mitchell to John Muir, 1912 Apr 4." (1912). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6238.
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