A. H. Sellers
Oct 29, 1896
My dear Muir.
Your very welcome letter of the 15th just reached us at our little hunting lodge on the shores of Puckawa Lake near your old home in Wisconsin, where as a boy you followed the plow barefoot and, at least mentally, d_d the sand burrs.
Fay and I were greatly rejoiced to learn of your safe return for we had just read the account of a man falling 70 feet in a crevice at Cook's Inlet and dying before they could get him out. as this occurred at the very section you had gone to it made us naturally feel extremely anxious, especially as the account states that many of the crevices in this section were, like this one, covered with a thin sheet of ice, making it impossible to detect them.
What a grand trip you have had through the beautiful forests of the Pacific slopes, I would
have given much to have been with you, for nothing affords me more pleasure than to ride amongst those noble trees.
To terminate such a splendid trip, as you did, with the magnificent Grand Canon was very fitting. We do not wonder that the ride to it through the open sunny woods (which we have partly seen) afforded you so much pleasure, and we shall look forward with happy anticipation to the time when you will tell us about it and the other glorious forests that you visited.
Times are terribly dull here, all business is "hanging by the gills" awaiting the election of McKinley, should, however by any chance Bryan go in, God help us for the country will see four of the hardest years in its history.
We want to visit California this winter but it will depend upon a sound money victory at the polls next Thursday. The general feeling here seems to be that the honest dollar will win, but there is naturally much anxiety all of which you, however, have most pleasantly escaped.
Fay & Frank join me in kind regards to you and your family and trust we may see you in the near future
A H Sellers
1896 Oct 29
Original letter dimensions: 27.5 x 21.5 cm.
Sellers, Alfred H., "Letter from A. H. Sellers to John Muir, 1896 Oct 29." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 855.
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