John Muir


Clinton L. Merriam


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4prairies of Illinois, the close dark forest levels of Indiana and the glorious bossy green woods of Kentucky and Tennessee, and N. Carolina, and down through the gates of the Blue Ridge to the black sheeted levels of pine in Georgia; and through the unberdered half-made swamps and magnificent tropic tangles of Florida. Also I spent a month among the palms and vines of sunny coral-edged Cuba.For the last three years I have been in this grandest of God's mountain temples, and only Providence my guide shall say when I shall go out from it.I will give you no tedious details. You will now understand my tendencies and instincts and if you can at any time help me to some scientific task where I can accomplish some more definite and generally useful results, I shell be grateful.I have spoken without reserve feeiling that you are a friend.With kindest regards to yourself and wife, I amYrs cordially,JOHN MUIRI should like to see what you have published concerning our valley.[John MuirYosemite ValleyCaliforniavia Big Oak Flat]


Yosemite Valley

Date Original

1871 Aug 20


Original letter dimensions: 26.5 x 20.5 cm.

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Reel 02, Image 0501

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Page 4


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