Charles Walter Carruth


John Muir



Oakland, Cal. June 19 1893

Dear Mr. Muir:

Your very kind note acknowledging receipt of the little booklet of verse which I sent you last winter I am ashamed to say I never answered. I will now say that the feeble sonnet therein [illegible] to you is but a [illegible] voicing of the admiration and regard that I feel for John Muir, the [illegible] and friend of Nature, whose only fault form a literary point of view is that he writes all too little. I have mailed you a number of sonnets written since the booklet was printed. If you have

been so kind as to preserve the booklet you will honor me by placing these additional leaves therein. Although I have reached to age of 38 years, I had written nothing until the past autumn, because, while I was a great lover of poetry, and have my head filled with the choice productions of others, I never found voice for my fancies. Do not really know what started me to writing after the ma[illegible] of me had begun to whiter. Should I have the presumption to come up to Martinez for the purpose of making your acquaintance, sometime, I trust that you would not set the dogs upon

Your sincere admirer

Charles Walter Carruth



Oakland, Cal

Date Original

1893 Jun 19


Original letter dimensions: 22.5 x 14.5 cm.

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Reel 07, Image 1096

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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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