[John Muir]


[Louie Strentzel Muir]


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[4]would have been in the harbor by this time had it not been for a heavy headwind that began to blow early this morning. It has been a cold blusterary howling stormy day, with rain hail & snow beating the deck besides the waves that are breaking over the rail. Every moveable thing in the cabin flying from side to side. The weather has been cold all the way from California First an average day temperature of about 55°, with a gradual fall to 35°. Still I have been very comfortable. The cold wind is bracing & I have the best bed in the ship in which I sleep 9 hours every night. There are but three of us in the cabin, the Captain the Surgeon & myself & only the same three at table [1][1881.] At sea, 50 miles from Oonalaska Sunday evening, May 15, half past 6 o’clock. half past 9 Alhambra time.[in margin: Address John Muir Steamer Thomas [Carwig?] Oonalaska, care Alaska Commercial Company San Francisco, Cal.]My beloved wife.All goes well on our little ship, & not all the tossing of the waves, & the snow & hail on the deck & being out of sight of land so long can make me surely feel that I am not now with you all as ever, so sudden was my departure, & so long have I been accustomed in the old lonely life to feel the influence of loved ones as if present in the flesh, while yet far, and so my dear wife & own dear child & self [denying?] mother & father I seem to be with you all, so vividly are you present to the inner eye.


At sea, 50 miles from Oonalaska, [Alaska]

Date Original

[1881] May 15


Original letter dimensions: 20 x 25 cm.

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Reel 04, Image 0536

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