John Muir


Mrs. [James Davie] Butler


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Headwaters of the Tuolumne near Castle peak Aug 7 69Mrs Butler, Dear friend I found your prof' a few weeks ago in the Sierra Neveda Mts', & in the very Yo Semite sanctum itself, Among the divine harmonies of the [Vernal?] & Nevada falls. I do not know where you first met your Professor, but surely I might venture to say that it was south in so goodly a mansion as this, not amid such blazing assemblies of Gods mountain grandeur. I have been taking care of 2500 sheep in the mountains all summer. Your husband wrote me a letter in May which I rec'd in July when I was camped in a maze of sharply cut mountains a days journey about Coulterville. Shortly after receiving his letter we moved our sheep higher & camped upon the North Wall of the Yo-Sem' Valley two miles from the brink. We remained here nearly three weeks & almost every day I wandered among the Valley domes & falls sketching & absorbing from the inex- haustable treasuries of glory that are gathered here. When suddenly I was seized with the idea of going down into the valley to find Prof' Butler I knew a way through the wall by an immense canon or chasm & I felt that I would be resisting the spirit if I did not go & started for the Valley next day; reached the bottom in five hours, consulted the hotel register & found [D?] Butler Madison Wis. I could scarce believe my eyes & read the precious words over & over & at last got faith to believe that after


Headwaters of the Tuolumne near Castlepeak

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1869 Aug


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