F. H. Gilove
New St. Paul, Hotel,354 Columbus, Avenue,San Francisco.Aug. 22-Friend Mr MuirHave returned to the city, from my trip into the mountains, my objective point from the start was Rush Creek south of Mono Lake to visit some some old mining claims. However boath going and coming I looked down into the Valley and said hallow to it, but had no time nor inclination to go down onto its floor, and stand arround on old familiar ground look wise and mum but in vain to see again the wellcome smile of our old time friends, old "Indian Gim, "Saw Mill Johnson", and a nomber of other pioneers of the Valley that have taken their last drink of fire water over Hulsoms05827
[illegible] bar. The hold on their being of this especific human thirst and at the same time their associations with the natives were hand in hand the rudiments of the times and environments. I only hope that the new regime that are trying to improve on nature decorative work of a thousand years in the valley, will not allow the invateing sound, swirl, swash, and [illegible] of the auto to make them overlook the silent graves of these virile Americans that built the first trails into the valley, and split the first shingles and built the first houses with their own hands - that thereafter others may come and see, and hear what can not be described in words nor paintings.Thence I was about two weeks between Mariposa, Mount Bullion, and Coulters Vill, always in, or about mines this is my vocation in life05827
[illegible] my trip. I read your Book [Stickeen?] twice on the trip and so did others, but as dogs and horses are my friends I have become like your self, a friend to Stickeen, This European war will probably make English and French capital keep out of mineing interprises, However Mexico will soon be opned to the world once more, and Americans can not but see the opertune time to invest in that country, and I more then ever will try and carry out my scheme of haveing financial men to join me, and form an owining company to take up the gold and silver properties that already know. after 30 years of heard study, hard work, and hard knocks, spending over 90 thousand dollars of my own money and rideing thousands of miles, to acquir this knowledge05827
[for a good?] purpose, I blieve the time is now opertune to take up these claims and hold them for the very near future I have four boys growing up and some friends that can take my place but it will not be for several years yet. I feel shure & positive that I can make good. Am not visionary, and found my statements of facts from the mines that I have brought to notice in the last 16 years as prospects, and have, and are making good - and stand for themselves as proofs.—Please give me some advice and tell me whom you blieve would take an interest in the matter. I need honest men for an honest purposebeing in those mountains so long have lost track of my old friends, with kindest regards to all and to you my best wishesover05827
 [M. E.?] [illegible]354 Columbus AveNew St. Paul, [illegible]San FranciscoAfter Monday will change to another Hotel, letters send to me, addressed- 422 Mo[illegible]c/o R.D. Jackson will alwaysreach me.F. H. GiloveP.S.Please give me Mrs. Hookers address. Would like to meet one of a party that I piloted over those trails in my younger da[y?]s- [F. H. G.?]
Original letter dimensions: 25 x 20 cm.
Gilove, F. H., "Letter from F. H. Gilove to John Muir,  Aug 22." (1914). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6623.
Reel 22, Image 0587
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