John Muir


[Louie Strentzel Muir]


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2so steep in many places that I had to go on all fours, while the wind blew stormily & pelted me with snow & sleet. Yet for a’ that & a’ that I was not tired, but only exhilarated. Just think of that when so short a time ago I used to get pale & breathless coming up that little home knoll. You can hardly know who glad I was to find that my old instincts as to finding my way through the storm when I could not see half a dozen steps ahead, & my old strength of limb & lung were still good as when I toiled & enjoyed [south mountains?] about Yosemite. My face burned & tingled when I got down out of the snow & sleet to the rain belt near the level of the sea, & when I reached the ship how I astonished 6to get a look at the natives, but I must not attempt to describe them here They live in sod huts that look like muskrat cabins. The smell is awful inside. I was in half a dozen of them with the doctor who was visiting the sick. I saw one man making arrowheads of old bottle-glass. a very interesting operation. Their skin [canoes?] are wonderful affairs as to lightness & speed. But I must wait until I return to tell you all. I was not aware until a few days since that the officers in the revenue service had to board themselves. Now my share of the supplies already purchased for our [mess?] – The Captain Surgeon & myself – will amount to about 200 dollars which when that magazine money comes I wish you would pay to Mrs Hooper The address is


[Oonalaska, Alaska]

Date Original

[1881 May 20?]


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 14 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0564

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