John Muir


[J. B.] Mc Chesney


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[Original letter returned to Mrs. McChesney].Yosemite, Sep. 8th, [1871].Dear McChesney:I am glad to know that your vacations allow you so good a season among the powers of Nature in the mountains or golden plains or by the great sea.I wish I could get away from the rocks, but my work among them is not done, and I must yet brood and drift among the throbbing waves of granite. There is but little difference between sea and land,hills and waves,-hills of solid land rise and fall in geologic seconds,those of water live and die in seconds which are measurable by mortals.I have been twice up in the summits and tomorrow I start again to study the writings of the ancient ice.I have been waiting for Brewer's Botany of this coast, but it does not appear, and I send you a few more plants that I am anxious to have named.Very cordially yours,John Muir.Remember me to the Misses Brigham,- tell them that I wish that they could bear me company in the upper mountains during the next month.I will be alone.["John Muir, Sept.1871" written on back of letter. This supplied date seems correct].



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[1871] Sep 8


Original letter dimensions: 33 x 21.5 cm.

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