Bolton A. Brown


Bolton A. Brown


John Muir


Stanford University Nov. 21. 1896.

Dear Mr. Muir

I have wanted to see you many times since last year; and have remembered with pleasure that you had asked me to come again. But until now something has always kept me from getting around to come and now, you see I have not come but only write to ask how you do, - how things are at your house; and to say that if we - my wife and I - knew a time when it would be convenient for you we might perhaps come and see you. I have told Mrs. Brown about my visit at your home, and how good you were to me and what a good visit we had; and she has read with great pleasure your book; and, more than that, we have gone to your mountains. We were married last June and went straight into the heart of the High Sierra; where we abode with immense satisfaction for nine weeks. My companion immediately fell in love with that mode of life, with the country; and, even, I think, with the hardships. She declared she never wanted to sleep under a roof again. She became a very hardy tramper and a good climber - keeping up with me easily in these exercises all day long. We climbed several high peaks (some new ones) including

Mt. Wiliamson - (when we lay out all night in the rain without blankets--quite in "The John Muir style" as one to whom I told it remarked) and altogether we had a glorious time, and only came out at last because we had to.
But just here it occurs to me that now I have a home, a house and a wife, there is no reason why I should not ask people to come and visit us: and so I will. If you and Mrs. Muir would think of such a thing Mrs. Brown and I should be very happy indeed to entertain you for as long a time as you could spend with us. We have a big sitting room with a big fire place in it; and we could, if you wished, ask in some of your friends here, and have a cozy evening and a real nice quiet time. Give it a thought, anyway: perhaps you will come.

Very sincerely yours

Bolton A. Brown.



Stanford University, Calif

Date Original

1896 Nov 21


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 09, Image 0488

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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