J[ohn] M. and [Lena ?] Vanderbilt


[Louie Strentzel Muir]


Sitka Alaska July 13/81.

Dear Mrs. Muir

We received a letter from your husband written on the eve of his departure by the steamer “Corwin” for the polar regions, it was a great surprise to us as we hoped that he would pay us a visit this summer and bring you with him, we now look forward to a pleasant visit from you next season. We cannot wonder at Mr. Muirs availing himself of so rare a chance to see the beauties of that ever spoken of grand region & knowing his deep love for the work in which he has devoted a life of study. It must be very hard for you both to part for so long a time but the knowledge of ever faithful love helps us in a measure to bear up under such trying circumstances, we sincerely sympathize with you. The voyage will be a grand one, full of rare, new study and one we would


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think possessed of no great danger, nothing like what it is represented to be by newspapers & common theory; no more we imagine than a summer trip through these inland channels in a course which although attended with some dangers is very delightful & charming. We do not think the risks are as great in this country, away from the inventions of the age, - as they are in every day life in civilization. We have written Mr. Muir – a long letter by this mail to Oonalaska which we hope will reach him. He did not mention how long he would be away nor have we heard. We sincerely trust that he may be with you & your sweet babe this coming fall & winter. Please except our best wishes.

faithfully your friends Mr. & mrs. J.M. Vanderbilt



Sitka, Alaska

Date Original

1881 Jul 13


Original letter dimensions: 27 x 21 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0662

Collection Identifier

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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