John Muir


Clinton L. Merriam


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2it is an eruptive-igneous rock or a sedimentary rock in the last stages of metamorphism. The magnificent sections of all kinds of granite with every variety of folding and cleavage make this a very favorable locality for the study of this great question.I mean also in this ramble to give some attention to the ancient terraces of Mono lake, some of which are said to be600 ft. above the present level.I will endeavor also to gather some reliable data with a view to determining the relative age of the glaciers of the eastern slope in this region and the volcanic cones; on my return I will explore that portion of the South Fork of the Tuolumne river which flows between the Upper Tuolumne meadows and the Hetch Hetchy valley. If the winter snows do not hinder me I shall also explore the basin of the Pohono and Illilouette and trace the smaller tributaries of the Nevada stream to their highest sources in the Lyell group. Upon my return from these rambles I shall willingly send you such facts as I think will most interest you.You ask whether I would be willing to engage in scientific labors for the Smithsonian Institut[ion] or some other institution with similar aims. I answer, Yes. I have kept up a more or less regular course of study for the last ten years and have during that time supported myself by any kind of toil that came in my way, herding sheep, fanning, millwrighting, horse breaking, schoolteaching, etc, but if I could give my whole time to science I should be happy indeed, and no amount of hardship


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1871 Aug 20


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0497

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