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Register of the Muir (John)-Trout (William) Correspondence, 1876-1913
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Muir (John)-Trout (William) Correspondence,
    Date (inclusive): 1876-1913
    Collection number: Mss2.M953t
    Creator: Mary Renner
    Extent: 0.1 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Muir (John)-Trout (William) Correspondence, Mss2.M953t, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

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    Personal Names

    Muir, John (1838-1914)
    Trout, William Henry (1834-1917)
    Darwin, Charles (1809-1882)


    Naturalists -California -Correspondence
    Industrialists -Canada -Correspondence


    John Muir worked as a mechanic for two years at William Trout's sawmill near Meaford, Ontario (1864-1866). The factory burned in February 1866, destroying Muir's field journals and putting him out of work. However, the naturalist remained friendly with the Trout family and maintained sporadic contact with them for the remainder of his life. In his correspondence Muir discusses his writing, commends Trout's mechanical abilities and debates with him about Darwin's theories.