John Muir


John Muir


[R. B.] Marshall [family]


Martinez, May 7, 1912[marginalia]Dear friends Mr & Mrs Marshall and DarlingYou know that you are never out of this wanderer's heart however far and silently I may have to go.As soon as I reached New York I got into a perfect whirl of work on two new books, the Yosemite and first volume of autobiography. The former is just out and Ill send you a copy as soon as I can get a lot of them here. This first edition was put up and stereotyped before I saw a single proof. I discovered 51 errors in it which will have to chiseled out of the plates. The autobio book will be published this year, probably in the fall. The beginning line is "When I was a boy in Scotland" and I'm sure the darlings will like it.This done I had to rush home to go to work on business and a huge talus of letters etc nearly a year high. But surely Fate will allow me to see you ere long to tell some of the great things Ive gained on the long trip over two continents. In the meantime here is an outline sketch -

[2]From New York to Para & thence up the Amazon a thousand miles to ManausR. B. Marshall PapersBancroft LibraryReturn to Para, thence to Rio de Janeiro which I found to be a magnificent glacier bay thence to Santos and up into the State of Parana four or five hundred miles where I found tens of thousands of acres of Araucaria braziliensis a wonderful tree long in my mind. Thence out to the coast at Paranagua, and south to Buenos Aires stopping at many fiord-like ports by the way. Thence across the Andes to Santiago. Thence 500 miles south and up through a noble forest to the snowline where I found magnificent forests almost pure of Araucaria imbricata another tree I had longed to see for many years. This for many reasons was glorious. Thence back across the Andes to Montevideo. Thence to Tenereffe. Thence to Cape Town Africa, thence 1300 miles northward to the Victoria Falls of the Zambesi where I found the huge Baobab Adansonia digitata another of the world's great trees that had long been calling me. Thence down to Beira on the east coast through wonderful glacial scenery in Rhodesia like that of Yosemite & eastward about Lakes Tenaya & Tuolumne Meadows Thence to Mombasa by Mozembique, Zanzibar,

[3]& Deseralam where I saw thousands of Baobabs From Mombasa on Roosevelts track to Victoria Nyanza and down the lake to the head of the Nile, a glorious trip Thence back from Uganda to Mombasa through a wonderful country. thousands of antelopes zebras etc along the way From Mombasa around the north end of the continent, through the canal to Naples, up Mr Vesuvius through Pompei etc Thence New York. in good health "ower a' the ills o' life victorious" as Tam O'Shanter saysI'll write to Johnson about your Century article. If you have a copy of it I'd like to see it.Love to you allJohn MuirR. B. Marshall PapersBancroft Library


Martinez [Calif.]

Date Original

1912 May 7


Original letter dimensions unknown.

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Reel 20, Image 0955

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Online finding aid for the microform version of the John Muir Correspondence

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Environmentalist, naturalist, travel, conservation, national parks, John Muir, Yosemite, California, history, correspondence, letters



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