Robert Moran


Robert Moran


John Muir


ROBERT MORANROSARIO, WASHINGTONOctober 5, I9I2.Mr. John Muir,Martinez, Cal.Dear Mr. Muir:Our mutual friend, Professor Meany when last here spoke of you, which recalled to my mind our acquaintance in Alaska. I think it was in 1879 when I was engineer of the steamer "gertrude" and "Cassiar" on the Port Wrangle Telegraph Creek, Stickeen river run, you made trips with us part way up the river.I particularly remember one of your trips, you took the Rev- Young along, we were to call for you on our return trip down from Telegraph creek; when we landed at the bank of the river, you were there with Mr. Young whom you had carried a good part of the way down from the Glacier, young having fallen and put both shoulders out of joint and do you remember how we all had a pull at his joints to get them in place, as I remember we were successful with only one joint.I went into business in Seattle in 1882, retired after building the battleship "Nebraska" and am now living a quiet life here on Orcas Island, one of the San Juan group, about 85 miles from Seattle.We have on this Island Mt. constitution, 2400 feet above tide water, not a remarkable05282

height for a mountain as you know them, though rather remarkable for one that rise a directly out of salt water and it la the highest point in the Puget Sound ha sin. There are also two natural lakes at the base of the Mountain, one at 350 feet and the other about 850 feet elevation; that is what gives me my water power here.I know you would be most interested in the view from top of t hi a Mountain where you get a panoramic view of the exclusive coast line of Washington and British Columbia. I believe it is one of the most extraordinary views in the world.I hope you will visit the Northwest again and please do not fail to let me know or come here, I would like you to see these Islands, you can come by Steamer direct from Seattle or Bellingham.I hope you are enjoying good health and with kind regards, I am,Very Respectfully,[illegible]RM-C.


Rosario, Washington

Date Original

1912 Oct 5


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 29.5 cm.

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Reel 20, Image 1357

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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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