J[ohn] H. Riley
Indianapolis, April 10 – 1893
Mr John Muir:
My dear Friend:
A few weeks since I received, through the kindness of Mrs Graydon, your instructive and [illegible]fully illustrated “Picturesque California” inscribed to me by your own hand. I have been busy of late in preparing and perfecting “Worlds’ Fair” Exhibits; and for the first time since we were fellow workmen have been sick for a week or [mon.?] These things have kept me from promptly acknowledging the receipt of your book But I must say that none of these things have kept me from reading it [and admiring?] its wonderfully realistic illustrations. I thank you for it and prize it very highly, both because of its merit and particularly, I think, because the work is edited by one who was once a fellow-laborer with myself. I often think of you, and Mrs Riley and I often speak of you. Your name is a house hold word with us. The world has travelled on at a great rate in the twenty five years since you and I made wheels together, and
you, I am proud to say, have travelled with it. You have made yourself useful and known to all who care anything for the secrets of nature and the far away wonders of the world and this must indeed be to you a source of happiness as it is a gratification to your old friends here. As for myself I remain much as I was, useful to those dependent upon me, and the foreman of a number of men. Mrs Riley joins me in the wish that your researches and discoveries may bring you additional fame and gratification.
Very sincerely yours
J. H. Riley
1893 Apr 10
Original letter dimensions: 29.5 x 20.5 cm.
Riley, John H., "Letter from J[ohn] H. Riley to John Muir, 1893 Apr 10." (1893). John Muir Correspondence (PDFs). 890.
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