Berkeley Apr. 1 '94
John Muir, Esq:
My dear Sir:
I have been looking anxiously to see you down this way for a month or so. But Keith thinks he has frightened you so you dare not come.
It was not that I wished to consult you on the "Over-Soul" or to hear you discourse upon Glaciers. but a much less trivial matter but all important to the parties concerned.
My son Elwyn graduates
at the Institute of Technology of Boston, the last of May.
He has planned to make a camping trip to the Yosemite in company with his sister & young ladies & Gentlemen of the University of California. A party of eight with a cook. He would like to know how best to make such a trip & when.
Now, as, like old Sam Johnson, you know everything, & espeically, about the Yosemite Valley, a large part of which you are, you can give the desired information.
Is it best to fit out here
or go to Oakdale, or Merced & get accommodations at one of those places, or perhaps some other! Can they find horses to drive & ride when in Valley? Would four horses be sufficient for a party of eight or nine? Two wagons, of course. What route?
They desire to remain in the valley & vicinity, at least, a month & wish to make the trip in an economical way suitable to the hard times. Where is the best place to camp in the valley?
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Our friend, Keith, is mounted high on a new God.
He has struck the method of coloring of the old masters! And he is up in the seventh heaven in consequence.
He did not hit it by the [illegible] of the "Over-Soul" but, he says, astonishing as it may seem by Evolution!! You'll have to come down & see him in the new frenzy!!
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21 cm.
Stebbins, Alfred, "Letter from Alfred Stebbins to John Muir, 1894 Apr 1." (1894). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 6833.
Reel 08, Image 0169
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