[John Muir]


[Louie Strentzel Muir]


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[6]steamer wh in the meantime will return out of the ice as far as St Michals at the mouth of the Yukon & thence Northward again to Kotzebore?] Sound where we mean to do some little exploring up the Buckland River while the ice is being melted or driven back sufficiently to let us pass out of the Straits into the Polar Sea. Then after picking up our land party we will probably push as far East[illegible] as possible around [illegible] & then towards the close of the season proceed westward along the edge of the ice-pack[7]opposite the N Coast of Siberia with a view to discovering some opening in the ice to allow our pressing on to Wrangel Land. Should we be successful in reaching Wrangel Land we would very likely be compelled to winter on it, exploring while the weather permitted. In case we are unsuccessful in reaching Wrangel Land, we may get caught farther west & be able to reach it by dog sledges in winter while the pack is frozen. As we may winter on the Siberian Coast etc etc


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 0542

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