John Muir


Sarah [Muir Galloway]


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1419 Taylor St. S.F. April 17th 1876Dear Sister Sarah – I was glad the other day to have the hard continuous toil of book writing interrupted by the postman handing in your letter. It is full of news, but I can think of little to put in the letter you ask for. My life these days is like the life of a glacier one eternal grind, & the top of my head suffers a weariness at times that you know nothing about. Im glad to see by the hills across the bay, all yellow & purple with buttercups & gilias, that spring is blending fast into summer, & soon Ill throw down my pen, & take up my heels & go mountaineering once more. My first book is taking shape now, & is mostly written, but still far from complete. I hope to see it in print, rubbed, & scrubbed, & elaborated, some time next year. Among the unlooked for burdens fate is loading upon my toil-doomed shoulders, is this literature[in margin: 00736]


S[an] F[rancisco]

Date Original

1876 Apr 17


Original letter dimensions: 31.5 x 22 cm.

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Reel 03, Image 0407

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