John Muir



Download Full Text (1.5 MB)

Kimes Entry Number


Original Date


William and Maymie Kimes Annotation

Muir accompanied Presbyterian missionaries on a chartered steamer to visit the Chilcat Indian country; however, mechanical difficulty forced their slow, early return. When deck hands went ashore for fresh water, Muir seized the opportunity to pursue his study of the plants and trees. After exploring the forest, Muir writes: "" ... as the twilight began to fall I sat down on the mossy instep of a spruce. Not a bush or a tree was moving, every leaf seemed hushed in brooding repose. One bird, a thrush, sang, lancing the silence with his cheery notes .... How strange seem these untamed woods. Nevertheless, they are found necessarily and eternally familiar. Go where we will, all over the world, we seem to have been there before.""


San Francisco Daily Evening Bulletin, Sept. 23, 1879


p. 4, col. 1

Alaska Glaciers. An Ounalaska Yosemite. Glacial Theology and Sermons in Ice. The Rocks, Plants and Trees of Alaska. (Correspondence of the Bulletin.) Fort Wrangel, Alaska, September 5, 1879.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.