J[ohn] M. Vanderbilt


John Muir


[letterhead] Sitka Alaska, December 12/81.

My dear Mr. Muir

We were delighted to hear of your safe return home on the “Corwin” and cordially wish you and your dear wife joy. The “Rush” called in here on her way down & I learned of your safety & departure for San Francisco from the officers on board. We have read your letters in the “Bulletin” with great interest in which we were joined by others of your friends here, among them good Doctor [Du Laney?] who very lately died at his home in Virginia where he had just arrived after a long & weary trip from Sitka – we miss him very much. Col Ball & family are also at their old home in Alexandria Virginia. Ball’s [successor?] Major Morris is now here with Mrs. Morris.


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We are leading a very quiet life this winter reading & studying. At present I am engaged in writing a vocabulary of the [illegible] language which when finished will have [pointed?] for general use – I am assisted in it by MR McLean the signal [illegible] observer stationed here. This steamer brought to Sitka the Messrs. Krouse two German scientist who intend to remain in this section till next fall – this winter they will remain at our Chilcoot post & may make a trip to [illegible] in the spring, -going overland. They said that they would have liked very much to have met you in San Francisco We want to see you very much indeed & hope that you will find it attractive this way next season.


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I sincerely hope that you may be able to write by next mail as we are anxious to hear of your good health & that of your wife & dear little one. We are enjoying prefect health, Annie is growing fast and a great companion to us. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

Sincerely Yours J M Vanderbilt



Sitka, Alaska

Date Original

1881 Dec 12


Original letter dimensions: 28 x 21.5 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 04, Image 0742

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