John Muir


John Muir


Louie [Strentzel Muir]


Coleman House

New York

June 1, 1893

Dear Louie

I received Helens Portage letter & yours of May 19 yesterday at the Century rooms & was glad to learn that all was well with you though you had been sick. I suppose it was rheumatism that troubled you but by common care that should vanish with warm weather. I too was sorry not to see grandma before leaving, The Sellers remembered her as the sweetest old lady they ever saw. I failed to see the Erwins before leaving Chicago. Keith I told you left Chicago the day I arrived & waited for me here. Now he is in a hurry to go to Spain, wants to leave next Saturday but I fear I can’t get my article finished so soon & may have to let him go, & meet him in London or somewhere. He is in an eternal fussy hurry & though I’m willing to wait on him he seems unable to wait for me. I had a grand day with Johnson & Gilder yesterday. Spent the forenoon at the rooms & was introduced to everybody. Went to lunch with Johnson & two other Century men at Actor Booths club. Then went with Johnson to Central Park & what think you I found there one of the grandest


pages of glacial history I ever saw outside of the Sierra, countless scared rock bosses [rising?] in telling display all through the park & about it. So telling are there ice inscriptions I saw & read them from the car window & could scarce wait for the train to stop in my eagerness to examine closely. Think of finding so [illegible] a record of glacial action in New York City. Yet no one seems to have noticed them before. In the evening ate dinner with Johnson & family – his wife & son & daughter. They were packing up to leave for the summer, else I should have stayed there last night. Today I am to meet John Burroughs. He has been waiting my arrival, & may Johnson says possibly go to Europe with me. One of the Century men said yesterday that he thought all New York would be glad to leave the city empty & go with me anywhere. Surely this is wild enough [extravagance.?] In a day or two I shall know how the trip to Europe will be arranged & write you fully. Do take care of your health. Helen & Wandas Portage letters were charming. Love to all, Ever yours Louie

John Muir



June 1[st?], 1893

Dear Mr. Boyce:

This is John Muir, of whom I send you word by post today.

Yours faithfully

R. U. Johnson.

James Bryce, Es. M.P.

House of Commons.



…New York

Date Original

1893 Jun 1


Original letter dimensions: 30.5 x 21 cm.

Resource Identifier


File Identifier

Reel 07, Image 1012

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