[John Muir]


[Jeanne C. Carr]


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[4]If you & all the members of your company are not riders & there is among you one or two men pactied travelers, & you could purchase, or hire horses at a reasonable rate you could cross the coast range via the Pecheco pass or Livermore valley, thence direct to the Yo Semite across the Joaquin & up the Merced passing through Hopeton & Snellings. This kind of a tour would be less costly & you would enjoy it but unless your company was all composed of the same kind of material it would not answer - I hope the Doctor will come too I want to see him & ask him a great many questions there is a kind of hotel in the valley but it is incomparably better to choose your own camp among the rocks & waterfalls The time of highest water in the valley varies very much in different seasons. Last year it was highest about the end of June. I think perhaps the falls would be seen [illegible] as good advantage towards the end of June as [do?] another time, & at any rate this will be a thousand times more of grandeur than any person can absorb - How then in a word is the plan which I propose, that you take the stage at Stockton for Mariposa At Mariposa you procure saddle horses, & one pack animal for your tent, blankets, previsions etc, (a guide will be furnished by the keeper of the livery stable to take charge of the horses) - and that I meet you in the valley which I can do without difficulty [illegible] you send me word by the first of June, what day you will set out from Stockton Address to Hopeton[in margin: When you arrive in the valley please register your name at Mr. [Huchings?] hotel. I will do the same. If you should wish to reach me by letter after I have started with the [illegible] to the mountains you may perhaps do so by addressing to [Coulterville?] When you write, state whether you will visit the big trees on your way to the valley or whether you will do so on your return] 00473


Seven miles north from Snellings, Calif.

Date Original

1869 May 16


Original letter dimensions: 25 x 39.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0095

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