[John Muir]


[Jeanne C. Carr]


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[2]my cup will be full when blessed with such company. Last May I made the trip on horse-back going by Coulterville & returning by Mariposa, a passable carriage road reached about twelve miles beyond Coulterville, the rest of the distance to the valley was crossed only by a warrior trail. On the Mariposa route a point is reached twelve or fourteen miles beyond Mar- iposa by carriages, the rest of the journey- say forty miles must be made on horse- back. Tourists are generally advised to go one way & return the other that as much as possible may be seen, but I think that more is seen by going & return- ing by the same route because that all of the magnitudes of the mountains are so great, that unless seen & submitted to a good long time they are not seen or felt at all. I think that you had better take the Mariposa route, for the grandest grove of Sequoias ever discovered is upon it, & it is much the best route in many respects You can reach Mariposa direst from Stockton by stage. At[3]Mariposa you can procure Raddle horses & all necessary supplies, provisions, cooking untensils etc, Provisions can also be obtained at Clarks & in the valley "Clark's hotel is midway between the valley & Mariposa. It will be far more pleasant to "camp out" - to alight like birds in beaut- iful groves of your own choosing, than to fixed pints of common resort & common confusion. You will require a light tent made of cotton sheeting, also a strong dress, & a strong pair of shoes for rock service - You will of course bring a good supply of paper for plants, I suppose too that you will all bring a supply of drawing material, but I hardly think that drawing will be done. People admitted to heaven would most likely "wonder & adore" for at leas two weeks before sketching its scenery, & I don't think that you will sketch Yo Semite any sooner. Here is I think a fair estimate of the cost of the round trip from Stockton allowing - say ten days from time of departure from Mariosa, til arrival at [illegible] Trout Stage fare & way expenses to & from Mariposa - say $40.00 Saddle horse ---------------------------------------- " 20.00 Provisions Cooking utensils etc - 15.00 Total, direct expense for one person $75.00 Each additional day spent in the valley would cost about $.3.00


Seven miles north from Snellings, Calif.

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1869 May 16


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 39.5 cm.

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