John Muir


[Louie Strentzel Muir]


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3[May 20, ‘81]the cabin boy who waited on me at table. But now I must tell you something of what I learned. First then, the brown plushy earth matte here is composed of mosses lichens & grasses & a small heat[illegible] – together with more or less of the darling linnea the beautiful purple flowered bryanthus 2 species of dwarf willow, 3 of club-moss a geranium, 2 [saxifrays?] an Arhangelica, several lupines a pyrola & the little goldthread coptis besides two or three others that I could not make out. As none of them are in flower, a few fresh leaves are springing up in sheltered places & the willows are beginning to show the silky ends of their catkins. A few 100 feet above the sea however it010047?Mrs Captain C. L. Hooper 548 Caladonia Avenue Oakland, Cal.I think that you would enjoy making her a visit if you could leave home. The Captain has never mentioned this money affair until I spoke to him about, & he says it is nonsense to talk about putting you to any trouble about it, But of course you will see that Mrs Hooper gets it as soon as possible. We will probably leave here on the 22d. before which date I will write you again. This will make seven Oonalaska letters in all. The first five I will send by the schooner H. L. Tiernan which sails for Shoalwater Bay Oregon tomorrow. Where they will be put in the mail the remaining two I will leave with the [in margin: Alaska Com. Co. to be sent by some other vessel. Ever thine John Muir]01004


[Oonalaska, Alaska]

Date Original

[1881 May 20?]


Original letter dimensions: 21 x 14 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0566

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