[John Muir]


[Louie Strentzel Muir]


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[2]and when after going again & again up the little crooked stairs to look at my beautiful baby I wake to the sad knowledge that I am indeed unable to touch her with my hand as usual then I begin to think of the distance & the time that are separating us, & I can only pray that God our Father will keep you tenderly & bring us again together with the added blessings of work well done. I was very seasick for two days, probably because of my sickly wearied condition when I came aboard. I was unable to eat at Swetts, felt sea-sick & began to vomit when I awoke the morning before we sailed. But I am well already & look so red & weather beaten you would scarce know me, & I sleep well, & eat well eat like a mountaineer let the [coruin?] toss & tumble as she may,[3]eat ham, eat bacon, eat onions, boiled, onions fried, eat onion – stuffing in chicken, eat onion – hash, & ere I return will no doubt eat polar bears, walruses, seals, whales, gulls, & at least a hundred other rank fishy horrible greasy meats, & mixtures with bland submissive thankfulness We have not been in sight of land since we left the vicinity of the Golden Gate, as we made a straight course across the ocean 2000 miles to [Gonalaska?] We would see some of the snowy volcanic cones now were they not hidden by clouds, (Ill run up to the pilot house & see if they have not come to view since I commenced this letter) No, the clouds are still close down to the water, we


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 0538

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Page 2


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