Bolton A. Brown
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
1896 Nov 21
Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20 cm.
Brown, Bolton A., "Letter from Bolton A. Brown to John Muir, 1896 Nov 21." (1896). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 862.
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